It's the Little Things

mountain jeepney
mountain jeepney

Do you remember the film, Romancing the Stone? There is a scene in the film where Kathleen Turner is riding a bus in Colombia to get to Cartagena. Along with fellow passengers are baskets of fruit, a few chickens and a pig. That is the image I had in mind when I traveled to the Philippines last year. My itinerary included a six-hour bus ride from Manila up to Baguio City and all I could picture was a hot, open-air bus that I would share with livestock. I had to keep telling myself, “It will be an adventure…”

When we were dropped off at the bus station I was surprised to be boarding a luxury coach that was air-conditioned with no livestock in sight. When the hostess on the board served everyone a bottle of water, a bag of chips and a muffin, I was almost euphoric. Scott, the trip leader, looked at me and said, “Wow, you are sure easy to please!”

Well, not always. Sometimes I set up impossible expectations that will never be met and then I get grumpy. I want too much or spend time wishing “if only.” If only I didn’t have to work for a living. If only I won the lottery. If only he had listened to me; then we wouldn’t be in this mess.

Sound familiar? (Please tell me I’m not the only one who wishes, at times, for the improbable!)

But on my way to a meeting this morning I heard the Simon and Garfunkel tune, Cecelia, on the radio. I hadn’t heard it in a long time; as I hummed along, I caught a smile on my face in the rearview mirror.

It really is the little things.