We tend to focus on the big things like the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Trevi fountain when visiting Rome, but there are so many smaller details to look at.

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Often in our lives, it is the small things that make us happy. A smile, something beautiful, a good meal, a cup of coffee with a friend, a word of encouragement given or received. In Christoper Robin’s words “Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something.” During those times when we are not productive and not preparing for the next big race or the next board meeting is when there is space for friendship and creativity and rest.

The “best of something” is a loving relationship with God, others and oneself. Jesus said it well: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it. ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.‘”

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