It's the Little Things

The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little. – Jon Kabat-Zinn

The great lesson…is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends, and family, in one’s backyard. – Abraham Maslow

The big things in our lives, the really big ones, don’t come that often. We wait in anticipation but once they are over, another period of waiting for the next big event starts.

Everyday, though, we have a multitude of experiences that form the thread of our lives. We meet and interact with people. We go to the movies. We take walks through the forest. We play at the beach. We chat with a friend. We watch the sunset. We go fishing. We drive our cars. We tend to our gardens. We read books. We play or listen to music. We cook. We eat. We sleep in late. We play. We paint. We work. We think thousands of thoughts per day (well, actually it’s around 60,000). We laugh. We cry. We exercise.  And so on every day.

These are the moments we should be focusing our attention on. These are the times that determine who we are. These are the decision points where we decide if we are going to be happy or not.

The little things are where we derive the most pleasure. Observe. Try to experience every detail. Extract as much out of each moment as you can. Relish in your experiences.

You’ll find that your life will feel fuller. You’ll feel like you are living on a deeper level.

Enjoy the little things. Enjoy your life more.

Michael