It's the little things that get you.
[No, not those kinds of little things...]
I have trouble with the Little Things in Life because they’re so damn trivial. My first thought is, ‘who cares?’ I end up falling into the ‘just this once’ trap.
Just this once I’ll
- eat that piece of cheesecake
- take the elevator, not the stairs
- leave the bicycle behind and take the evil SUV to work
[Should I? Oh, why not...]
Well, here's a good reason not to:
[Thanks to Melting Mama for this photo!]
So, just this once, today I promise that I will:
- bring food from home
- take the stairs
- oh, all right yes I am taking the evil SUV to work, but that’s only because I refuse to try to haul a 40-pound bag of dog food home on my bicycle. Tomorrow. Honest.
Little things matter.
What, you don’t believe me? True story:
The other week, the fine state of Oregon sent out a Voters' Pamphlet to everyone they could find who had a mailbox. Ordinarily this is a good thing, I mean, you probably should read up on all the issues before you shred the pamphlet for your compost heap. (Presuming it's printed with soy-based ink instead of nasty chemical ink.)
They even included a toll-free phone number to call in case you had questions. There was only one problem. Instead of a number with an 866 prefix, the pamphlet posted the identical number with an 800 prefix. If you dialed that, you heard a sultry-voiced woman saying "hey there, big boy! Want to meet @#$! young women*? Then call this number..."
Trust me. Watch out for the little things.
What little things trip you up?
*This anecdote was reported on the local news the other day, and they bleeped out the @#$! word. I hate to confess it, but I can't think what word it was that they bleeped. All the likely adjectives I can think of seem permissible on television these days. Indeed, pretty much any adjective seems permissible on television nowadays. I’m not bothered enough to actually call the message to find out; it just makes me feel uncool not to immediately know things like that. I must be getting old.
What word do you think they used, anyway?