We have all heard the old adage that reminds us to slow down and smell the roses. It’s the small, everyday things that bring us the greatest glee. It may be something as simple as opening a window and letting in some new, fresh air after using air conditioning all summer. We can breathe in and experience true nature in all of its glory.
Or, we can take note of the richly colored leaves dotting the landscape during the calm season of autumn. Many are still on the trees, yet some have fallen but their beauty still beckons and demands our attention.
We can listen to the chatter of children as they walk by and go to and from school. We automatically smile because we remember when we walked to school filled with innocence and anticipation. We can recall the faces of dear friends from times gone by.
Perhaps, we decide to drive more mindfully as we travel to work and notice a store that we had not seen before, so we vow to come back and take a look-see. Or we perhaps run into some old acquaintances and we greet them with friendly smiles, handshakes or hugs.
It is the little things that mean so much. In our rushed daily living, we may unintentionally take these occurrences for granted. But, if we are asked to pen a poem or a narrative of some sort, we will usually remember something meaningful and simple that truly touched our hearts most deeply!
So, when life gets hurried or even messy with all of its unexpected twists, turns and challenges, it would behoove us to make a pointed effort to enjoy the small pleasures. It is what makes life abundant and the most precious things are often free for us to notice, enjoy and ultimately savor!
Lynn M. October 14, 2017