What could be better? I am sitting at my computer writing stuff and listening to music that suits my mood. I am drinking my favourite coffee from a lovely mug. Every now and then I take a nibble of dark chocolate and I donít have to feel guilty because itís only a small bar and itís sugar free. Also, dark chocolate is reputed to contain anti oxidants and does good things for your endorphins. A gentle cool breeze is coming through the window. There is a dove eating seed from the bird feeder outside the window and the pink geraniums are blooming.
These may be simple pleasures but they make my life good. I feel gratitude for these things and am living in the now, in the present moment. Eileen Caddy, spiritual teacher and New Age author said, ĎNothing really matters except what you do now in this instant of time.í This is so true. Yesterday is over and we don't know what will happen tomorrow.
It is easy to get so involved with plans for the future and regrets about the past that one forgets to live every moment of the present. One can try to do too much, end up exhausted and miss out on enjoying the little joys of each day. I have to remind myself not to try to pack too much into every day. For years I did too much (and didnít get enough sleep) and know I missed out on noticing many little things.
A freelance writer, Robert Brault said, ĎEnjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things.í (A similar quote is sometimes attributed to Kurt Vonnegut but I believe Brault came up with it.) These little things will be different for each person. What is important is to spend time enjoying those specific little things that mean something to you.
However, it can be difficult to achieve a lifestyle that allows you to notice the little things so you can enjoy them and live in the moment. These days there is so much advice on how to live a better life and look after yourself better. We can end up trying to fit too much into every day which is what we are actually trying to avoid.
Sign on shop window. Authorís own photo
There are many suggestions for things to do to lead a better life, in addition to caring for family, employment and looking after a house. We are advised to learn to meditate, grow our own organic vegetables, cook from scratch, recycle (it takes longer than just throwing everything in the bin), go for a daily walk or do other exercise and keep a journal. Thereís more. We are told volunteering is good for us, puzzles and learning another language will ward off dementia and we should have a hobby or two. Trying to do all these things all the time can end up burdening us and we donít have time and energy to notice the little things and enjoy the moment.
We canít do everything. Sometime compromise is necessary and we shouldnít feel guilty about our choices. Look out the window and take note of some little things that make you feel happy. Ignore the weeds.