A storm wages outside. The wind is loud and the trees sway back and forth under its power. I sit in my dark little room and as I wait for my sugar gliders to awaken, my mind wanders to the little things in life that bring us so much joy.
Ink and Dreamer have been those things for me. Yet when we moved here and they got sick, somehow the joy of having them turned to worry. Constant worry. Watching out for symptoms that weren’t there. Waiting for something to go wrong. Going into a panic over a simple, easily correctable problem. And I realized that the joy that they had given me was fading into a sea of worry. So I started praying and asking God for peace. For the ability to sleep instead of lying awake watching their cage and wondering why everything I touch seems to break. As I played with them, I’d pray and keep my eyes focused on the Rock of my life instead of on everything that could go wrong.
I realized that I have been taking the little things for granted. Today I want to remember them because they bring me so much joy and they are so special to me.
The little pitter-patter of glider feet running across my carpet while I play with them at night.
The way Ink licks my hand or rests on my arm.
The little clicks and chirps of Dreamer when she finds her favorite foods.
How I can stand by the glider cage and Dreamer will spend ten or fifteen minutes jumping back and forth between it and my shoulder.
Their warm little bodies sitting in my hand.
The trust that they have in me and allow me to do unpleasant things to them like trimming their nails or giving them meds.
Their big eyes and innocent little faces.
The bond between Ink and Dreamer and seeing them groom each other.
The soothing sound of Ink running on his wheel and lulling me to sleep.
The way that they stand up on their hind legs when trying to look at something that’s too high above them.
How Ink chases and tries to catch his own shadow.
It’s easy to get lost in the labyrinth of worry, especially in this time of life. We fear Covid-19. We’re uneasy about the future. We struggle with family issues or unresolved conflict. It’s so so easy to dwell on the negative and forget that there is anything positive in a situation. Today, sit down and thank God for something. Maybe it’s the warm cup of tea that you had this morning. Maybe it’s an unexpected gift or a thoughtful word of encouragement. Whatever it is, take a moment to find the good and remember the little things in life that bring you joy.