Admittedly this is a pretty easy letter for me to write today. Where I live, the temperatures are in a very comfortable Autumn range, the sky is sunny, and the leaves are starting to show signs of changing color. Even when things aren’t quite as idyllic however, learning to or taking the time to enjoy the simple things in life is one of the most loving gifts that a person can give themselves. Best part is that these are the kinds of things that are either free or as close as you can get to it.
We’ve all been there…financial hardships, illnesses, job losses, general unrest in the world around us, arguments with loved ones, difficult co-workers, and countless other things which pop up in life can quickly take over and color our entire world in shades of dissatisfaction. While it is easier said than done sometimes, turning to the simple things which give us pleasure can break the negative thought patterns we all find ourselves in from time to time.
As I wrote about last week, feeling your feelings is important and not a step to be ignored. It’s when we stay in those feelings and begin to allow cynicism or some similar mindset to dominate our lives that we need to drop everything, no matter how briefly and take a few moments to breathe. Look outside the nearest window and enjoy the life out there or better yet, take a ten minute break and go out whenever possible. Tune in to your favorite music, watch an episode of that guilty pleasure TV show you love, read for a while, pet your dog, pet your cat, call your best friend, make a cup of your favorite tea or coffee, or literally just pause to take several deep breaths.
These little things are what we can turn to anytime to break our thought patterns, or get a brief respite from whatever is going on to create stress. Even when things are going well, it’s important that we partake in the simple pleasures in order to embrace life…embrace our humanity…to remind us that there is more to life than our jobs, money, relationships, or whatever else we can think to insert here. Please dear reader, start today. Love yourself enough to stop and savor this moment of being alive. If for some reason some might be thinking that it would be selfish to do so, think of this…when we take the time for these little things, the experiences of anyone who comes into contact with us is much more pleasant. When we fall into a nose to the grindstone mentality, stress floods in and pours over into every aspect of our lives.
We all deserve to find little rays of happiness. So, go on…take a short break and do one of those little things you do that just feel good! Your heart will thank you for it.
Much love to all of you,