Sunday, April 29, 2012

don't forget the small things

Since the dust has settled around my crazy whirlwind tour in the space of transition, I am enjoying small things. Small pleasures are what makes up our lives. Yes, the vacations, the engagements, the weddings, the funerals, the monumental achievements do have a big impact and I am not saying to ignore the amazing happiness or sadness that surrounds those events, but for the most part, the small bits of joy in the everyday that bring smiles to our faces make life worth living. My brother once made a comment to me on the phone that has stuck with me: "Jen, life always can't always be "knock your socks off" life." He was so right in saying that.

I have been enjoying reading Alexandra Stoddards book, "Choosing Happiness: Keys to a Joyful Life." It's a great book and I have been reading it on my lunch breaks. It's a fabulous pick me up and reminds me about those small things that are right in front of us each and everyday. So, my personal challenge this weekend was noticing and enjoying small things and here were my insights & experiences from the weekend.

-Sweet smelling shower gel
-A hot cup of coffee while standing outside in the chilly, sunny morning
-Lunch with a friend
-Fresh veggies in my meals
-Long conversations with my parents who live far away.
-A walk down at the Marina
-Breakfast date with the man
-Browsing the local library and picking up CD's to listen to in my home.
-Curling up for a good movie
-Cooking a delicious meal accompanied with wine & french bread.
-Smiling at strangers
-Starting up conversations with strangers (commented on an old school Muppets Lunchbox a grocery store employee was carrying out on her way home from work)
-Making order amidst the chaos
-Clean dishes and a shining sink

One of the things about enjoying the small pleasures is that we must remain mindful and present to notice these things. When we move at a pace that is super duper speedy, we fail to enjoy the moments that can bring us the most joy.

What small things are you enjoying this weekend?

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