Okay, this is really exciting! I have a guest blogger for you today. She’s a brilliant and inspirational writer named Diane. And she happens to be my mum. I asked her a few days ago if she would write something for this space and I’m glad she sent me this today because I’m feeling a bit angsty that I’ve not had time to write anything myself. Thanks Mommy (for writing something for me and for the beautiful reminder to appreciate the “small” things)!
On a recent morning I had to drive to a nearby city on a work related errand. It was a quintessentially beautiful fall day in New England—chilly and breezy but ablaze with golden sunlight. Leaves were falling thickly around my car like giant, pale yellow snowflakes. Pumpkins were everywhere from farmers’ markets to decorated front porches to the front yard of a church that was simply filled with them. I was so grateful to get to experience all of this seasonal glory but I was even more grateful that I was actually able to appreciate it.
We’ve all heard stories from people who have recovered from a terrible illness or injury. They talk about how their proximity to death gave them a new-found appreciation for life and every little thing in it. We nod sagely but we really don’t get it and might even think it a little lame. But if only we could get it and, as the song says, try to live like we were dying, we would live much differently. I think I trace my own appreciation for life’s beautiful moments to a very brief scare a few years ago but whatever caused it I am grateful.
There are dozens of time each week when I just stop for a few seconds and think how beautiful a shaft of sunlight is or how sweet the air smells or how golden and perfect this fall day is. It is absolutely amazing how it makes me feel. It’s like a tiny yoga or meditation island in the rough ocean of the day.
We don’t a need a scare to develop this skill. It’s like any habit. Just make a point to do it occasionally and it will eventually become so ingrained that you’ll find it hard to stop because it will make you feel so good.
Not a nature lover? Not a problem. Appreciate anything. If you’re at work stop for second and look around. Depending on where you work notice the sweetness of an adorable baby or the way the light is glowing through a window or the delicious smell of wood chips or a parent and child chatting over a meal.
Small things? Small moments? Yes, but small moments are what life is made of and once you start collecting these small moments you will find you are in possession of a life full of wonder.