Have You Ever Stopped To Consider
The Importance Of Blinking?
Most of us hardly think about this action; it’s so habitual, we barely notice it. But blinking is actually an extremely important function. It keeps our eyes protected and lubricated so that we can see the world around us. Blinking, like your breath and your heartbeat, is something most people can’t live without. Sometimes, the little things that are easily forgettable are truly the most important.
There is a famous Kurt Vonnegut quote that goes, “Enjoy the little things in life for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” What might seem small can still carry a great deal of significance. At the time, we may only give these “little things” a passing thought, but they may become the memories, events, and moments we learn to cherish. Bringing greater awareness into our everyday lives can help us have more respect for these seemingly boring and pedestrian times, so that we can enjoy them while they occur. Small gestures can also have a huge impact: a simple, sincere compliment or a small gift can bring huge amounts of joy to an otherwise lackluster or even unpleasant day.
This goes both ways; if you spend time every day doing something, even if it just takes a couple of minutes, that will amount to a lot of time. This means that a good habits, such as five minutes spent practicing a new language every day, can still have a significant impact. However, those little things might add up to a big waste of your time. Think about how much time you spend on, say, social media. If you spend a couple hours a day on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other similar sites, you would eventually total years of your life doing it. That’s a huge portion of your life doing something that ultimately might not amount to much. Try adding up how much of the next twenty years of your life you will spend doing such daily things as fixing your hair, choosing your wardrobe, watching and talking about sporting events, watching, listening to and discussing various types of entertainment. I think you will be surprised.
No matter what, we must have a great deal of respect for the little things. Something small may amount to a lot; after all, a blanket is made out of thousands of tiny threads which, on their own, may not seem like much. The things we do for others, and ourselves, can carry great weight when added together despite seeming rather inconsequential at the time we do them. Never underestimate the power of the small things in life- they can be the most memorable, useful, destructive or cherished parts.