What a week it has been! War. Wild weather. Politics. Add in what’s happening in our personal lives – health concerns, finances, grief, etc. – and life might just feel overwhelming. This is when it’s time to focus on the small wins.
Earlier this week I went down to the basement to do laundry only to discover water on the floor. It turns out that it was more than water; the sewer main was obstructed. Erika and I tried to fix it and quickly realized it would take tools we didn’t have. We called the professionals. And until they could come out, we would be camping in our house with no indoor plumbing.
The next day Sinclair showed up with his camera and pro-grade auger and had the roots cleared from the main sewer line in no time. Water could flow freely in our house once more. And we are grateful.
This small win does not change situations around the globe or counterbalance climate change. It does nothing to offset our health challenges or lighten grief at all. However, it is a positive. It sparked gratitude and happiness, if not full on joy.
When the chaos of the world around us and the events in our personal lives threaten to overwhelm us, sometimes the best we can do is celebrate the small wins. Of course the small wins won’t change the big picture. Yet, it truly is the little things that can lift our spirits.
The war in Ukraine continues and it is horrific. The war in Israel is also horrific and it is confusing to most of us who are not Middle East scholars. The constant threat of super storms is unnerving to say the least. Our own personal medical struggles or losses weigh on us. Not much will change these things.
Let’s shift our focus to the lesser wins for grounding. What did you “win at” this week? What small victory raised your spirits at least for a few minutes? For me, it was Sinclair and a cleared sewer main. What about you?
Share your small wins so we can celebrate them together. Small blessings are often missed. Let’s not miss them this week. Let’s raise them up and give thanks.
As the smaller wins ground us and fill us with gratitude and hope, we can then turn our attention back to the big things. The little victories can renew us so that we can engage with and cope with the big, hard, on-going situations in the world around us. A little renewal enables us to face the world and increases the likelihood that we will respond out of faith rather than fear, anger, or apathy.
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