Big victories are cool, too. This isn’t me trying to diminish those achievements, and if you just got a new position as NASA, congrats. Very cool stuff. Can you talk to someone for me? I’d just like a tour. You know, see a rocket or two. Talk to some people. And who knows, if all goes well, maybe it could lead to a position in the human relations department because the chemistry between the staff and I would almost surely be out of this world. But I digress.
Back to the point. Little victories are all around us. In fact, if you look hard enough, they happen every single day. Some days you need to look harder than others, but I assure you, they are still there. So this is me acknowledging a few of the little things that have an ability to make a day, turn a day around, or simply make a day a little better. String enough of ‘em together and, well, life will start to look pretty sweet.
1. Putting together a lawn mower. Sure, it was an easy assembly, just unfold it and screw in a few nuts and bolts type of thing, but still. You put it together. It doesn’t matter if it started or not.
2. Finding a roll of toilet paper when you thought there wasn’t any left at a time you needed it the most.
3. Getting green lights all the way home from work. OK, that last green light had been red for a fraction of a second and you might have held up traffic a little while also giving one domesticated badger the scare of his life, but in the end nobody was hurt.
4. Getting a hug from somebody you care about. If it was from your significant other who you told not to touch you because they had just showered and were soaking wet and you were wearing your nice work clothes, even better.
5. Finding a pair of matching socks in the dryer.
6. Installing a doggie door on the proper end of the door. You know, the one closest to the floor. It may not sound like a big deal, but a couple of days ago you installed one on the wrong end of the door. You know, the one closest to the ceiling.
7. Buying a candy bar at the store for $2.57, which you find to be a bit steep, but you go for it anyway because you want it and it’s going to be tasty and, quite frankly, you deserve it. When you pull out your wallet to pay, you see a few dollar bills hanging out in the weird—typically vacant—space that they fit so perfectly in. Wait a second, you see you have change too. Two quarters, a nickel, and two pennies, to be exact. Oh my gosh! That means you can pay with your three bills and handful of coins and actually get one bill in return. So not only do you not have to swipe a card, but you get rid of the heavy metal rattling around in your wallet and get one new, crisp dollar bill back. (If that doesn’t do it for you, you did get a candy bar.)
8. Hearing a song you like on the radio. You don’t usually listen to the radio, but lately you have been because you took your iPod or whatever it is you listen to music on out of the car because you wanted to start running. You ran once. Now it seems you have misplaced the music playing device. So really you have no choice but to listen to the radio. Which, on this occasion, works out well, because you hear a song you actually like.
9. Making someone smile.
(Authors note: One of my favorite books is Little Victories by Jason Gay, a sports columnist for The Wall Street Journal. This isn’t me trying to rip Jason off, or pay homage to, or anything like that. The article stands on its own. Or at least slouches. However, I didn’t want it to look like I was trying to pull a fast one, so I figured I’d make a note of it. This is that. Also, if you’re looking for your next book, you could do a lot worse than Little Victories.]