In the end it is always the little things that matter. For better or worse. It was a little thing that recently made me miss so many other little things I generally take for granted: things like a general sense of well being, lying on one's side in bed, watching tv, missing family gatherings and even eating a simple meal. I'm sure that it is the little things the people in Haiti and Chile miss the most right now as they try to recover from their devastating earthquakes. Things that they had and took for granted and now no longer have.
Little things that offer consolation when one is down. For me, it was the near instant relief of a hot bath or shower, a little yogurt and honey, well wishes from friends, the long awaited passage of a little gas or the caring touch of a loving wife. It is amazing what a thing such as a small, nay tiny, stone can do and the effects it can have. Perhaps the only good thing to come of it, is the reminder of how precious the little things can be, something one really doesn't realize until they are gone.