Great Value of Even Small Things
By Ken K. Gourdin
I contributed to commentary about a story at SLTrib.com about Tracie Dolim, a young autistic woman who lost (that is, she misplaced) one of her best friends, Sparky the Pokemon doll, on a trip to Disneyland. The story can be found here, last accessed today: http://www.sltrib.com/pages/comments?cid=56863437. I wished her condolences on her lost friend, to which her sister Rochelle, replied, “Thank you. We’re holding out for a reunion, but in the meantime I’m in awe of what Tracie would like people to learn.” To that, I replied:
Perhaps one of the lessons of which we need to be reminded is to not take for granted even what many might call “the little things.” (Of course, I’m not suggesting that Tracie did this, just that the rest of us shouldn’t). We ought to count our blessings, folks. Perhaps we ought to take some time to reevaluate the importance of things which we have concluded are insignificant. What do we have that we ought to appreciate much more?
And even if some among us might be tempted to conclude that an inanimate object – such as what some might dismiss as a mere “toy” – is insignificant, we ought to remember that just because a particular object might seem insignificant to us doesn’t mean that everyone values it similarly. Often, the personal significance attached to such things greatly outweighs their modest monetary value.
And who among us has so many friends that we couldn’t use more, even if they are of the “stuffed” variety? Best wishes!