Enjoying the little things

by: Kerdisha St. Louis - August 1, 2017
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Someone wise recently advised me to always take note and try to enjoy the little things in life. This advice is universal and one I think can be applied to anyone no matter your situation in life. It’s normal to be excited during what can be considered big life events – weddings, newborn babies, first homes, job promotions, and so on – and I don’t mean to diminish their importance.

However, oftentimes looking back, it is the seemingly small, everyday moments that have truly made up the fabric of our lives.

Kurt Vonnegut said, “Enjoy the little things in life because one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.”

Life is a journey. Of course, you have heard this statement before—it’s something of a cliché. But take a moment to think about your own life. Have you “arrived” at your final destination? Have you achieved everything you’ve hoped to achieve? Traveled everywhere you’ve wanted to visit? Finished everything you’ve wanted to complete?

I’m willing to bet that the answer to all of these questions is “no”!

The truth is, no matter how much you achieve, accomplish, and acquire in life… there is always something more to be had. You’ll never “reach” your final destination.

The key to truly making the most of life is to focus on enjoying the little things, taking the time to “smell the roses,” and focusing on what’s really important in life.

This doesn’t mean that we have to give up on our dreams and our goals. It’s good to be ambitious; it’s great to want to accomplish enormous things in our life. The key, however, is simply finding the right balance, discovering a mindset that allows us to pursue big things without sacrificing the “little things” that make life worth living.

So, why does all this matter? Because far too many people put off what really matters in pursuit of the things they want to achieve. They tell themselves that they’ll worry about these things once they’ve reached their destination. What they fail to realize is that thinking only about the big things sometimes can be detrimental.

Being under a lot of pressure will negatively affect your mental and physical health. Feelings of anxiety, sleep difficulties, a compromised immune system, and unexplained aches and pains are not uncommon symptoms of being overly stressed out. Always wanting more can also lead to a very unsatisfying life if left unchecked.

While goals and dreams are certainly beneficial, an insatiable desire to have more can leave you feeling like you are less than. Constantly striving to get further will cause you to feel as though you are falling behind.

This type of mindset takes the focus off of what you have or what you have done and puts it on a place of lack. However, a grateful heart will allow you to see the good in what is currently going on in your life.

The ability to appreciate the small things can upgrade your life in a big way. There is reason to celebrate and be grateful every day with just a slight shift in perspective.

Things like family. Enjoying friends. Nurturing relationships. Forgiving enemies. Enjoying life. Experiencing peace. These things are put off… and most of the time, they are never re-discovered.

So take some time and enjoy your little moments of achievements, happiness and joy.