Friday, May 3, 2013

The Little Things

I'm not sure if you know this about me, but I seem to always have a lot on my plate. I try really hard to be organized and to say no to things I don't really want to do, but when it comes down to it, I just have a lot going on between my kids and my many jobs and my training and everything else that seems to pop up and fill up my free time. Sometimes I feel like I am just going all the time, so when I have a moment that is just peaceful and beautiful it kind of sticks out. What I have noticed is that these moments, like all good things, must be cultivated. It is up to me to make them happen, so I was thinking the other day about the little things in life that make it better - the things I can do for myself that bring joy, peace, a sense of contentment, and rest to my life, and here is what I have come up with so far.

  • spending time alone in the morning
  • lighting a candle
  • getting mail (I guess I can't technically do this for myself, but I do really enjoy it)
  • sitting and drinking a cup of coffee (instead of running around doing other things while drinking it)
  • doing just one thing that is not work (reading blogs, watching tv - this pleasure is greatly diminished if I try to do more than one thing at a time like read blogs AND watch tv)
  • reading for pleasure
  • browsing by myself at Target
  • baking (which I miss since I have cut most grains and most sugars out of my diet)
  • going out to dinner with Kel
  • staying home all day
I was actually surprised at how short my list was and that almost all of them involved being alone. I also think that I am not always mindful of the little pleasures, so I am going to start writing these moments down so I can get into the habit of doing them for myself more often.

What are the little things in your life that make a big difference? 

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