Why are we always wishing our lives away, waiting for whatever it is we think will satisfy us or make us happy? Some times we need to be reminded to stop and smell the roses.
When what feels like all the joy from life has been stolen, any small moments of happiness that come after that are like a breath of fresh air. It’s a “new again” feeling that one notices and savours. But as time goes by and they are more frequent, they don’t hold the same impact. I think a lot of us, regardless of what else has happened in our lives, miss the simple pleasures that life has to offer.
I read a quote yesterday, something to the effect that life is a string of happy moments but we don’t see them because we’re too busy trying to get happy. But it ended there and failed to mention that these moments don’t have to be explosive but can be simple, quiet, understated and full of joy – we just need to slow down, recognize them and then appreciate them. There can be hundreds of tiny, almost imperceptible moments that can pass us by if we aren’t looking for them.
Try to find them, make a point of looking for things that make you smile and when you do, savour the feeling because that’s it – that’s why we’re here – to enjoy life. Once you’ve lost it, it becomes crystal clear how precious and fragile happiness can be. So don’t take it for granted, don’t be in so much of a hurry that it passes you by.
Try and make a list of things that make you smile and feel really good and then look for them – it’s amazing how quickly they’ll appear.