Respect Your Million Little Things

When your college-age daughter comes home for spring break and convinces you to binge watch the hit TV show A Million Little Things, it’s a struggle to get anything else done. (Amazing show!)

But as a writer, at least I can count this as storytelling homework, and  the takeaways from every episode are so rich that they leave you contemplating life, grief, ethics, truth, relationships, the power of love and more.

Just halfway through watching the season on demand, the lessons I’ve gleaned so far are ones that most of us already know, but often need reminders to practice. Among them are these gems:

  •  You never know what someone else is going through, so be kind.
  • You never know what someone else has been through, so stop judging.
  • Things aren’t always what they seem, so quit longing for the greener grass across the fence.
  • Pause in your busyness to really see and hear the people closest to you. Give them the space to be vulnerable and imperfect, and love them anyway.
  • Love yourself enough to give life all you’ve got, no matter how many times you fall and have to get back up again. You and your purpose are worth it.

May these reminders guide our actions and interactions in the days, weeks and months to come, until we no longer need to recall them, because they’ve become our habits.

 

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Author: Stacy Hawkins Adams

Through her fiction and nonfiction, author, journalist and writing coach Stacy Hawkins Adams inspires readers (and budding writers) to find meaning in their own stories, grow from life's lessons and thrive. Like this post? Please leave a comment, then share it with others. Also visit Stacy at StacyHawkinsAdams.com to sign up for her newsletter, and friend/follow her on Instagram @StacyInspires, Twitter @StacyInspires and Facebook @StacyInspires.

2 thoughts on “Respect Your Million Little Things”

  1. I don’t watch series TV because I know I’d love it and arrange my life around a show or two! Been there before, but at some point, I’ll allow myself to get back into it. It’s a nice escape.
    Sharing time with your daughter in that way sounds so special, and you pulled some great take-aways from it!

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    1. I understand, Anita! If I hadn’t had a low-key week to binge watch, I wouldn’t have been able to view it either – for the same reasons you mention. I watched the final episode a few days ago and stand by the takeaways I shared in this post. I also appreciate the writing and life lessons shared in NBC’s wonderful series “This Is Us.” I catch up on those episodes on weekends. Lol

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