Tuesday, 3 January 2017
1. Extremely small
synonyms: minute, tiny, minuscule,
mid 17th century: from Latin infinitus
Life is made up of a series of moments. (Of course. I've picked up a habit for stating the obvious in every opening sentence of everything I write. Bear with me.) Not every moment will be good nor bad and some simply won't be much of anything at all. Actively celebrating or even just taking the time to acknowledge the small things may be the ultimate cliché, but it's one that is so valuable and so intrinsically intertwined with contentment that after a year or so of feeling very little, I appreciate the almost physical act of noticing small things and transforming that into an actual physical act of writing them down more than ever before. Sometimes these lists end up appearing a little silly at first, but how can moments of pure contentment ever be silly? They can't, but even if they were silly, I don't think it matters. And sometimes I find that I don't have even have the correct combination of words to describe them, which makes me want to become a better writer. And I can't do that without being open to the possibility of experiencing those moments in the first place.
A list of things that seem infinitesimal, but are actually much, much bigger on the inside...
★ Cuddles with Beatrix.
★ New pyjamas.
★ Reading my first Val McDermid novel.
★ Exceedingly kind words about my writing; you make me feel as though I'm not alone and there are few things more magical than that.
★ Whenever I walk past a particular house down the street when the sun has gone down, there's always a cat looking out of the upstairs window having snuck under the net curtains. I think he may be the nosiest cat in the neighbourhood.
★ There's something in my house that reminds me of my grandmother. I must have bought a soap or toothpaste or something that she used to use. I can't quite place it, or maybe I'm misremembering altogether, but it's comforting nevertheless.
N.B. Word of the week #1 (the start of a series that probably won't be weekly, but we'll see how it goes)