The Important Unimportant Things

"Do we have some hot cocoa mix?"

I turned and looked at my husband who was standing in the doorway. It was a cold and somewhat blustery night and the idea of a nice cup of hot chocolate sounded rather appealing. 

"Yes, we do."

Before I could say anything more, he was gone and I could hear him rummaging around in the kitchen. I thought to myself that perhaps I would go down myself as soon as I finished what I was doing and make myself a cup as well. I turned back to my work that had been interrupted. Now, where was I...

A few minutes later, I was interrupted once again by my husband but this time he was carrying to steaming mugs of... you guessed it, hot cocoa. 

"I thought you might want one too." 

I smiled and thanked him as I took the mug he offered me. 

As I cradled the cup in my hand and sipped my cocoa contentedly, I thought about those little "unimportant" things like making a cup of hot cocoa for your spouse just because you thought it would bring a smile to your face. These are the important unimportant things that are so often overlooked in relationships, particularly as time goes on and yet these are the very things that can chisel away at them until there is nothing left and you have two people sitting across the room from each other wondering what went wrong. You forgot the important unimportant things which though often subtle say, "I am thinking about you because I love you, care about you and you are important to me."

Do not forget or neglect the important unimportant things.

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 K Reynolds+ (@kreynolds)

I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in December 2007, a few months after I joined CB and went through treatment. Two years later, without any warning, a cerebral aneurysm ruptured when I was asleep. It is only by the grace of God that I not only survived but that I am able to type these words today. Though we may face trouble, we do not have to be victims of our circumstances, we can be victors over them through Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:35-39)

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John Knox+

So true - but I cannot stand hot chocolate myself; but my wife enjoys a nice cup of Dilmah black tea

Joyce Bethy Ferguson

it is the little things that means so much. The kind word, the gentle touch, the smile and the unexpected cup of tea.

Beth M+

And it is the little things you miss so much

Deepa N

I like the title -- Important unimportant things.. they become unimportant because of our priorities.. but they turn into important because of the joy they bring in..