The weather we have been having lately has been damp and chilly and wet. I myself need sunshine to flourish on a daily basis. Without my vitamin D I feel like a slug under a rock. Sluggish (ouch..bad joke). I do find that on cloudy, cold days everyone around me also gets into a slump and the world just seems wrong. Traffic is heavier. Road rage is at its peak. Comfort foods are definitely more desirable. Sadly, the happy smiles of yesterdays are gone. How does one get out of a weather funk? In my case, it’s having the privilege of watching my granddaughter love everything about life.
It is amazing how we, as adults, forget the simples joys of life. Here is the perfect example of what I am referring to.
Our granddaughter Kennie (short for Mackenzie according to Wiseguy) came to our house yesterday. I told Wiseguy that for a snack she would probably like a banana. Now, when Wiseguy cut big chunks of this simple banana and gave little Kennie one of the pieces, well let me tell you how wonderful life was for her! Her hands were opening and closing. Her feet were doing the happy dance. She smiled the biggest happiest smile. Why? Well, it’s a banana! How can you NOT see how amazing and wonderful a banana is?
Yup, after watching her eat that banana and smile after eating each piece, I couldn’t help but be reminded about how beautiful life really is. Sure having a beautiful home, nice cars, stylish wardrobe are all nice to have, but sometimes the having and the appreciation of them are two different things.
We have many things (as mentioned previously in my spring cleaning blog about hoarding). Oftentimes, after the initial excitement of the purchase and the owning of the item, the ecstasy and happiness fades. There seems to be a need to purchase something else in order to get that happy high. Watching Kennie puts life into perspective for me. There are so many simples joys all around us and it really isn’t until you actually stop and think that you really DO take time to smell the roses instead of just buying them to make your home more esthetically pleasing.
My goal for today is to actually stop, watch, listen, smell. I will take in all the beauty that is surrounding me. I will look at and appreciate that amazingly green grass. I will take a deep breath and enjoy the aroma from the blooms on the blossoming lilac trees. I will turn my head up and enjoy that bright, warm sunshine on my face. I will not get upset when I get stuck in traffic because this will give me more time to enjoy the scenery surrounding me. It might not be an easy task, but if I make a conscious effort, I believe I can do this and I will definitely be a happier person for it.
I recommend that today, if only for one day, you give it a try and see how different you feel for the rest of the day. It might sound easy, but you will be surprised how our typical day revolves around rushing and worrying about how we are going to get everything done. I challenge you to one day of life appreciation!
Good luck with your Appreciation Day! I myself have some important business to attend to.
Now where is that banana ?