As we hurry through our lives at breakneck speeds, we often forget some of those simple pleasures that once brought us comfort. We continually gather the new things and pile them on top of our already collected goods until we have tall totem poles of stuff.
We may eventually realize that we indeed have a plethora of gains and in a few moments of stillness, we might have a chance uncover some of those beloved items at the bottom of the barrel. It’s comparable to cleaning out a drawer and rediscovering a favorite blouse or snugly pair of pajamas.
As clarity returns to us when we slow down, we begin to remember other things that once brought us joy. It could be a classical radio station that we once found rewarding, a gospel CD that has been tucked away or a radio talk show that we had forgotten during our frenetic paces.
Old books that we once enjoyed could catch our attention and we may revisit them. Or we might pull out the paint brushes and therapeutically finish a poem that we started on a piece of stretched canvas.
After completing several high-paced projects, we take the time to draw back the heavy curtains of our personal stages and notice those things that we once cherished. We hear ourselves say, “Oh yeah,” as we remember how much peace a sauna or pool brought us.
Or, we may decide to replace those old ballet shoes that we enjoyed wearing around the house for increased balance. It is the small things that bring us the most happiness if we only take the time to remember them.
We should shuffle around those possessions that we already own or jog our memories to recall what once brought us peace in the past. When the cream has risen to the top along with our smiles, we can make a pointed effort to restock our treasure troves of joy!
Lynn M. April 28, 2018