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Heartwings Love Notes 896: Small Gestures May Mean Much

Heartwings says: "Small and tender moments add up to big happiness."

Back in the 50's here was a popular song titled Little Things Mean a Lot. It was a sweet song detailing loving moments a couple might share. If you have internet access you can look it up on You Tube. As a result of my operation five weeks ago, I have been living small, and little things have come to mean a lot. By this I mean my being confined to home, resting a lot, and generally solely dedicated to getting well. Both my physical movements and the focus of my thoughts have revolved around this.

What this has done is to make the small circumstances of my daily life stand out more than they might ordinarily. Anything I might have taken for granted before is now emphasized. Small kindnesses have more importance. I find myself even more grateful than ever for the sweet emails people have sent me wishing me well. The generosity of friends who have offered to and taken Stephen shopping or for errands is special. I feel blessed by the meaningful kindness of those offers. Most of all I am grateful to Stephen for all the help he has given me.

When I came home after the operation I couldn't dress myself at all. I needed help to perform the simplest tasks. I couldn't cook anything, clean anything, or do more than spend the day on the couch. We watched movies and old TV shows together, and that was fun, however to do much more than that was just not possible for me. While this period of time was short in terms of my life so far, it was highly significant in terms of its effect. I feel enormously grateful for what I have received from it as well as what I have learned.

I'll be out of the woods so to speak pretty soon and my life will be back to its usual rhythms and flow. This time has been a kind of island in my life. I have rested there and soon I will launch back into the daily stream and be carried by the flow of my days. Certainly I feel better for having had the operation. Soon even the slight aches that remain will be gone and I won't need to walk with a cane. What will stay with me from this time is the many loving gestures of friends and acquaintances and most of all the care and kindness of my husband Stephen when the full burden of our daily lives fell upon his shoulders.

May you find good memories and helpful insights from stressful experiences.

PS I love it when my readers share what they have learned or how they have managed their lives. Your letters make my day and I will always answer you even if it takes a little while to do so.

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Blessings and Best Regards,
Tasha Halpert
 

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