“Be grateful for the small things, they all add up to living a big life”.
Do you take time in your life to appreciate the simple things?
While this can be easier said than done, especially these days, sometimes it’s the simple things in life that bring the most happiness to us. It’s all about taking the time in life to appreciate this stuff.
Sadly, we often don’t appreciate the simple things in life until they’re threatened, impacted, or taken away from us somehow, which is an all too often occurrence. Sometimes people don’t realize how important the little things are until it’s too late.
Think of all of the simple (and not so simple) things that we weren’t or still aren’t able to do because of the pandemic…and how much impact this has had on our perspective.
But what if we took the time not only to appreciate but also acknowledge the simple things in our lives all the time in an authentic way?
As we still continue with the global pandemic, and most countries being under lockdown, being indoors, I realized how beautiful and blessed I was to have the life which I otherwise assumed was regular and usual. Little did I know that I was taking things for granted and complaining about the most trivial problems.
When I look back now, I notice many special areas of life whose importance I failed to understand earlier.
I had the choice to go wherever I wished and do whatever I wanted. I had the freedom to live life like I wanted to. No holds barred, and no questions asked. Now during the lockdown, I needed a valid reason to travel that distance and face cops who most certainly wouldn’t allow me to get there. Staying indoors has taught me that these are the things we consider usual and expected. We only realize the value of them when they vanish.
Now, we enjoy so many benefits from the comfort of our couch. You can order food, get your car washed, or send a package to your friend without stepping outside your front door. During the lockdown, I would wait a whole day for the same service. The comfort of technology and the services various businesses provide are priceless.
- Human Interaction
There used to be time when I went out with a large group. Today, when I come across a passerby, the smile lies hidden behind the mask, and a handshake is out of the question. Earlier, we called the people around us a “crowd,” today we call our situation “social distancing”.
- Enjoying the present
we have targeted gigantic goals for a long time. As a result, my eyes are always on the future, and each day is a grind to get there. But the world around us is full of things to relish, cherish, and enjoy in the present. I am not saying you must stop chasing your goals and enjoy today alone. I will continue pursuing goals like before, and so should you. But while you are on this journey, don’t forget to pause and experience the happiness around you.
Take a moment right now to pause and put your attention on all of the simple things yet significant (your health, your job, your most important relationships, etc) you can appreciate at this moment.
The global pandemic due to the Covid made our lives harder. But, on the positive side, it has made us stronger as well.
Look around where you are, go within yourself, and scan your life right now – focusing on what you appreciate. It doesn’t matter what form it takes. It’s about putting our conscious attention on some of the many simple things we can appreciate at this moment.