Appreciate the Little Things

bite appleYou know that bite mark you see when you take a big bite out of a sandwich or a cookie? That perfect chomp that is an exact mold of your teeth? Don’t take that for granted.

I never saw my own perfect bit mark until I was 15 years old, after I healed from my first double jaw surgery. When I looked down at whatever I was eating and didn’t see a mangled curve of poorly placed teeth, I burst into to tears. Everyone was asking if I was okay, wondering if I hurt my jaw. My mouth was full, so I just pointed and mumbled, “I can fee my feef!”. Everyone looked at me like I was crazy except for my grandfather, who only has one leg due to a car accident 20 years ago. Since he has had experience with pain and appreciating the little things, he immediately understood and told me only someone in my situation would appreciate such a small miracle. And I realized that’s exactly what is was for me; a little miracle that showed I was making progress despite the pain I was in. Mango-slice-with-a-bite1281

My bite eventually deteriorated and I could barely bite into anything at all (only my front four teeth touched) before my second surgery in November. Fortunately, almost all of my nerve pain is gone now, but I still have pain from my broken jaw. So when I start feeling sorry for myself I take a bite out of something and appreciate that perfect mark, my little miracle.

What little things do you try to appreciate in everyday life? Comment below and let me know!

5 comments on Appreciate the Little Things

  1. bearspawprint
    January 21, 2015 at 8:08 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow! That cantaloupe bite is beautiful!! You could be a bit mark model for food magazines! Ummm that looks

    • jaelinpalmer
      January 22, 2015 at 12:12 am (4 years ago)

      Haha! I wish that bite mark was mine! I didn’t think I would be able to take a good enough picture of my actual bite mark, so I used one from the internet. However, my bite mark does look very similar to that now. Maybe someday I’ll try to take an acceptable photo of my own bite mark. 🙂

  2. Juls
    February 23, 2015 at 12:44 am (4 years ago)

    love this! NOTHING is too small to be grateful for.

    • jaelinpalmer
      February 23, 2015 at 2:48 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you! I wholeheartedly agree! I truly believe that if we take a minute to be grateful for the small things, we will be happier as a whole. Pain has a way of making you focus on what you don’t have, instead of what you do. On the days I remember to say, “Oh I’m so glad my dog loves me so much” (or something else seemingly small), I’m much happier. It’s hard to take my own advice sometimes though…


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