We are too busy in life to cherish the small things
Most people are so busy with their day to day things in life that they miss the small moments of joy. I believe life is all about the small things. From most small things we find joy and happiness. We look back to these moments and some days miss them and want to have the chance to relive these days.
Have you ever felt that life is just this big circle of waking up in the morning, sorting out things for kids and pets, going to work, coming home, cooking, cleaning and then finally sleeping again. Then the fantastic thing is when you wake up the next day, guess what, it’s the same thing all over again.
Life is hard, and yes some people are luckier than others and have life easier than some, but everyone has their own problems, and this is something most people get caught up on in life.
My daughter asked me a question this morning, which made me stop and think for a moment. Then it hit me, I am falling into a rut of not loving what I have right in front of me and accepting my life for what it is. She asked me “Why are you always moving so fast in the house, and don’t smile or play games anymore?”.
I stood there with the butter knife in the one hand and a slice of bread in the other hand as I was trying to get lunches sorted out, with this really flabbergasted look on my face. I had no response for her other than to look down at her and smile and wink at her and then quickly said “because life is like this when you are a big person.” And off I went with my morning routine.
This was eye-opening to me as I just had to cross question how to respond to my young daughter and all this while making a peanut butter sandwich for her for school.
Reality is, we are so busy living our lives that we get stuck into the rut of what all needs to get done that we forget or are simply just too exhausted to try to do more. Those small moments of joy when you want something so bad and get it as a birthday gift, or the last day of finish school and realize you don’t need to go back, or when you hold your new born child for the first time, or when you are teaching a child how to walk and they are able to successfully plant a few steps to get from the couch to your arms, a first date at a game reserve and ending up playing with a lion cub or simply playing Ching Chong Cha with a child and seeing the smile on their faces when they are able to beat you. These are just a few I was thinking of when I took a moment to think about the moments I cherish in my life.
The list goes on and then we seem to only think of these moments when it’s too late, like after a death or when your child is sick in hospital and you plead with God to save their lives and promise that you will change. Life is so short, and many people use this phrase but the part we miss is the part where we actually understand the true meaning behind it.
Life is a gift, and each new day should be filled with moments of joy and happiness, even if it is only just a brief moment. Never go a day without telling the people you love that you love them, because it all can be taken away in the blink of an eye.
Take a moment and think into your life and ask yourself what moments you cherish the most in life. Remember to be honest with yourself, if you have brushed past the small moments of joy like I have, keep moving forward and make the choice to try harder to point out the things that bring you joy in life, then without questioning yourself, make time to cherish the small things in your life no matter how brief they may be.