September 4, 2019
Celebrate the Little Things and Moments
“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” – Jon Kabat Zinn
Far too many times we fail to notice the little things in life. We have a tendency to only be on the lookout for something major, of huge importance, mistakenly believing that only those moments count.
That’s a bit shortsighted, but we can definitely correct it.
The truth is that there’s no such thing as a “little” little thing or moment. Every moment is precious and can never be repeated. This is the essence of mindfulness, of living in and being supremely aware of the present. Consider that life is a gift, one that we only have for a comparatively short period of time. As such, no moment should be squandered, either by wallowing in painful memories or agonizing over future developments or sitting idly by and doing nothing today.
As human beings, we need to take action. It’s not quite like the shark that has to keep moving or die – not literally, anyway – but we do need to act in order to fulfill our full potential and realize the happiness we seek in life. Make that realize our happiness, for happiness isn’t a way of life, but life itself.
Think about waking up with your favorite pet, a dog or cat, jumping up on the bed, licking, pawing, purring, and trying to urge you to pay attention. This is an invitation to get up and celebrate life, to live life to the fullest in the here and now. Your pet doesn’t care what day it is or how much money you make, only that you show your affection and be there for him. It may seem like a little thing, not consequential in the scheme of daily living, but it is a moment to celebrate. And, as with other little moments, it may be gone one day and all you’ll have is the memory of it.
Celebrating the little things is easy enough to do. It doesn’t require an expenditure of money or take a lot of time. A simple acknowledgement of the little thing, the little moment is enough. This serves to bring your mind back to the present and allows you the opportunity to give thanks for this precious gift.
If daily distractions and critical assignments or conflicting duties take you off center and propel you into a tailspin, take a deep breath. Close your eyes, even if briefly, and acknowledge the gift of life. Remember that every single moment you are alive is precious. These little moments are big things, after all. Be thankful for each and every one of them.
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