Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Lesson Learned: Appreciate Simple Pleasures



Photo by me

Stopping to watch the waves crash against the shoreline in every season, even in winter when there's snow on the shore.

Watching birds flock to the feeder in your backyard after you've just filled it up and counting the number of different species you see.

The sound of typewriter keys clanging away and the scent of strong coffee while the sun begins to fill the sky.

Picking wildflowers while out on a long walk so that you can bring some of the outdoors in with you.

What do all of these things have in common?

It's about slowing down enough to enjoy the small bits of life that are lovely and yet so easy to miss.

This year I was lucky enough to be able to spend some time truly appreciating these simple pleasures. It almost became a game to see how many I could notice in a given day. 

It's easy to let life stress you out if you're not careful, but when you really take the time to slow down and pay attention you'll find that there's a lot to be grateful for. Take a minute each day to appreciate a simple pleasure, whatever brings you peace or joy, and see what a difference it makes.

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