Let’s admit it. Finding time to do the things we absolutely need to get done doesn’t always happen. For years, we hurried through life. We wish there are more hours in a day and we have yet to find someone who is willing to share some of their “leftover” hours with us. Time is short for all of us. But despite time is our most precious commodity, there are simple pleasures that don’t cost us anything – just a little time. A few examples: laughing out loud, playing with pets, dancing to your own beat, holding the hand of someone, watching a sunrise or sunset, sharing a memory or story, listening to the sounds of life, smiling, saying “I love you”.
The most important part of all of this is to practice mindfulness throughout your day. Even on your way to work, which may seem like the most mundane thing ever, take in the weather, the sounds, the sights. At work, notice the people around you, and make the best of whatever your job might be. You’re there, so may as well make the best of it and take pride in your accomplishments. Our world is always changing, every second of every hour, so make sure you witness as much of it as you can. Before you go to bed, rehash your day and find gratitude for everything that happened to you that day. Be thankful.
We can forget about all of the crazy things going on and the deadlines we are facing and instead think about the moments we really savor in our lives. Life is complicated enough as it is and a good chunk of change is inevitable. But when it comes down to it, there are so many great things out there that we dismiss every day. When the time comes and we look back on our lives, I hope your life is littered with these simple pleasures – let them serve as a reminder that life isn’t about large or expensive things, in fact, our greatest treasures come from the smallest of places. So let’s slow down enough to witness them, participate in them, and hold onto them as long as we can.