We are too busy in life to cherish the small things

Last Update: July 18, 2018

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.

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TommyVTE Premium
So true that is one of the reasons I moved to a new place to live and I have been very happy with my life in a different way.
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CNGoodwin Premium
New beginnings are always good, just never forget about the small things in life. That way you will always find something to be happy for in life no matter where you are.
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TommyVTE Premium
That's why I moved now I can enjoy the small things like my garden my dogs
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CNGoodwin Premium
That's awesome. Animals have this amazing ability to make things feel so much better, even when things are difficult they seem to know and will try lift your spirits. Enjoy every moment you have with your dogs, and your garden. My dogs get very upset with me I get to busy, and they have this very bad way of getting my attention. They destroy my garden. I have learned to give them treats every few days so they don't feel left out. Anyways enjoy life, because life is short.
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marycmiller Premium
Well said, it is funny, I truly believe this but then I get busy and find myself right back in the rut you described so well. We make all these goals but we forget to carve out a little "me time" to cherish what is right in front of us. Thanks for the reminder, I am going to have to try to make what is truly important more of a priority.
Mary
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CNGoodwin Premium
Hi Mary, thank you for your comment, being stuck in a rut is a terrible thing to try break free of, but if we set aside a time where we cherish what we have, it may be a few minutes or a day with family and just taking that much needed break from the busy life we live. I'm sure we will be in a happier place in life knowing and cherishing the most important things to us.

I like to remind myself that I need to cherish every day with every person that is in my life from my children to my partner and family and friends and even the people I work with that I love and care about because we never know what tomorrow has in store for us.

I am glad you enjoyed reading my post.
Thanks Cathryn
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WendaSue Premium
Wow. Cathryn, you just really spoke to my heart. I feel like I have been running just like you are talking about. I am so blessed with a loving family. It's been nagging at the back of my mind that I'm too busy to really enjoy anything any more. I know I need to slow down a little bit and "smell the roses". This has been a real eye-opener for me this morning. Thank you. I really appreciate it.
Wendi
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CNGoodwin Premium
Hi Wendi, thank you for the comment, I am glad you enjoyed my post. It is really easy to forget that we need to cherish what we have, we never do it intentionally but life happens and we get busy. But we need to always keep trying to remember how fast things can change and by doing that we instinctively start cherishing whats most important to us in life.
Thanks Cathryn
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newmarketpro Premium
Thank you for sharing this Cathryn.
You are right that sometimes we have the thought that what we are doing is more important than anything else. For me, it's important to take time and take a step back from our 'things' and contemplate if what we are doing somehow add value to our present life. At the end, we don't want to achieve something and at the same time losing something more precious in our life.

This is an eye opener for me. Thanks.

Joe
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CNGoodwin Premium
Thank you for the comment, Its nice to see I am not the only one that takes a step back from things. I am still opening up to the idea of blogging,I didn't think I would get any response.
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