Have you ever sat back and thought for a moment about the amazing beauty that surrounds you if you just walk outside and look up at the sky on a sunny day? What about the cup of coffee that you make each morning, isn’t it just perfect? Piping hot and imparting a warmth in your belly. Or maybe for you, it is the purr of your cat lying next to you on the sofa, showing his or her love. What if that purr was missing? Do you take the time to acknowledge these wonderful blessings on a regular basis, or do you do what I so often do, which is forget about these simple things that actually are so important?
We live in a world where we are surrounded with messages that encourage us to think about things that we lack. Everyone is always looking to get the next best thing, whether it be a shiny new car, a bigger house, designer clothing, and the list goes on and on. The reality is none of these things are the simple things that truly bring us joy. There is so much beauty and love around us in just our everyday lives if we can find the time to see it and appreciate it.
I’m not writing to scold myself or you. I am writing to remind you and myself of something that can make such a big difference in personal happiness, taking specific moments to celebrate the simple things in life that make all the difference. This is not something that comes easily. You must plan it into your day. Block a moment at the beginning of each day and also at the end of each day to reflect for just one or two minutes on the simple things in your life that make a difference. When we find the time to acknowledge and be thankful for the simple things, we find a happiness within that we never knew was right there inside.
Join me now to reflect with a beautiful song, The Simple Things.
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