Little things

What to say about today that hasn’t already been said?  So I will keep it short. I cannot believe it has been 10 years. When I look back – just at my own life – over that timeframe, I am almost overwhelmed by everything that has happened. A lot of wonderful times, a lot of painful times. But it was all life, and it was and it is beautiful, and I am grateful for all of it.

Since that fateful day, every single time I have noticed a clock when it reads 9:11, I have said a brief prayer. It’s usually just “thank you.” Because that date is always a reminder that at any moment everything can change, and that so many of the things that I think are so important on any given day really mean very little. Instead, it’s the “little things” – hugging my parents, laughing with my sister, enjoying a quiet day with Tim, hearing Nittany purr, going for an easy run and concentrating on nothing but the sound of my breath and my legs turning over – these are the moments that really matter, that fill my heart.

By the time some of you read this, it will already be September 12. Just another day. But try to make sure it’s a day filled with “little things” that bring you joy and make you feel grateful for the gift of being alive.

Always remember…


Miles run since last post: 55.5; total miles for the year: 498.4.



  1. Debbie
    September 12, 2011 / 7:55 am

    Hi Janice…….I TOTALLY agree. You can even ask my mom…..I have always LOVED “little things”. You know the old saying…..little things mean alot! I still get excited when reminicing with someone about a huge event or time and I come out with some “little thing” that no one can believe I remembered. Little things can be deep or light….but the are most always the happy things 🙂

    My biggest joy these days is a very little guy 🙂

    Take Care…love to you and Tim.

    <3, Debbie

  2. Denise Pitchford
    September 16, 2011 / 12:37 pm

    Oh, Janice, you are sooo right about the “little things” in life. 9/11 was such a difficult day 10 years ago. 9/11 this year and kicking off the new ministry Grandmom and I are going to be working on together brings hope and prayer to our beloved Armed Forces. And it brings a huge smile to my face. IT IS the little things of life that I love…the scent of a rose from God, the laughter of you and Jenny, the smile on someone’s face, the sun on my face, a piece of chocolate….the list goes on and on. Thanks for making me smile today…that’s a little thing…or a big thing (depending on how you look at it!) 🙂

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