We’ve all heard the phrase “Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” They may not be that noticeable, since they’re so small, but make all the difference in the world. It’s the sweet little moments that may not be considered groundbreaking, but they give hope in the midst of chaos.
In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get laser focused on grandiose goals and dwell in perpetual busyness. When we neglect to notice and enjoy the small, sweet moments, we will only notice the struggles and failures. It’s easy to miss out on life if we’re not careful.
These are just a fraction of the things that may seem unnoticeable, but sure put a smile on your face.
- Finding a parking spot when you didn’t expect to.
- Having the exact amount of coins to give the cashier as you pay.
- Having just enough shampoo in the bottle for one more hair wash.
- Arriving at the store five minutes before closing.
- Dropping your phone in a panic, only to realize there isn’t one single scratch.
- Grabbing the last item on the shelf at the store.
- A feisty dog fancying only you.
- Laughing out loud at a funny memory.
Always wanting something more or hopping from one goal to the next can lead to feelings of anxiety; sleep difficulties, unexplained aches and pains, and symptoms of stress. Although healthy doses of goal setting are beneficial, an insatiable desire to have and be more can actually leave you feeling unsatisfied.
Part of developing the ability of enjoying the sweet moments in life is reminiscing about the past. Think back to previous experiences, both in work and pleasure, and pinpoint the exact moment that you felt especially alive, vital, especially moved or connected to life. There will be something in each memory that connects you to the vital source of valuing. By unpacking each experience, you are identifying specific moments of value and when confusion sets in, these moments can serve as lights to direct you to what you care about.
In addition to noticing the sweet moments, it’s helpful to develop an attitude of gratitude. This takes time and patience but once developed, it will enhance your ability to value the things in life often taken for granted. Life is a journey and being mindful of the little things in life is part of it.