Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tuesday Slice: Details in three parts

"To be really great in little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization."
--Harriet Beecher Stowe

Do we pay attention to the details
Weave them into life's tapestry

Or do we not sweat the small stuff
And focus on the big picture

I can delight in the smallest detail
And get overwhelmed by an avalanche of them

The curl on my child's head, for example
Or the mountain of papers on my desk.

I feel like I've been dealing with a lot of scattered details these past two weeks:  train schedules, conference notes, appointments, landscaping, deadlines, laundry, weather, standardized testing, technology, travel plans.  I'm in a maze of details; I know I'm moving forward, but will I get out?  Most evenings, I find myself glassy-eyed and paralyzed on the couch while plans whiz by in my head like ticker-tape.   I arise with effort to tackle just one thing before falling into bed too late and berating myself for wasting time on the couch.  Not unhappy, not necessarily harried, just moving a bit too unfocused and quickly for my liking.  Perhaps this song should be my mantra for the next few weeks:


  1. Hope you get time to "watch the flowers growing", and feel groovy.

    1. I came home to a completed landscaping job; that helped! And yes, there are new flowers. :-)

  2. I've been in a bit of a funk lately, too. I wrote a bit about it today. I hadn't thought about it before but maybe it is all the details. Maybe I need slow down and feel groovy!

    1. I think it may just be the time of year, when the summer is just around the corner and there's still so much to do at work. Hoping I can feel a bit more calm after the weekend!