Don’t Underestimate the Value of the Insignificant


One of the most common problems people facing trials encounter is feeling like their bad situation is permanent, like everyone else will get to move on in life but not them. But take heart–even a small change in perspective is a magical thing.

When I first moved out of my parents’ house when I was 21, into a nearby apartment by myself, I was very homesick for the first weeks. It was depressing and I wondered if I would ever get used to it. I liked my childhood and my home and wasn’t in a rush to leave it. One Monday evening I attended the church young single adults activity. It was a fun game that we played all evening long. It was well-attended, and we laughed so hard all evening. I came back to my apartment happy that night. I thought the homesickness would return. After all, the game night had no connection to my moving out into my own apartment. But it never did. From that night forward I never experienced that sadness again. I still don’t know why one event would make such a difference, but it did, and the memory of that has really helped me at times. It is possible for one good success to kick our problems to the curb and change our perspective permanently.

Never stop looking for your seemingly insignificant but successful moment. It’s there, closer than you imagine.

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