I’m all about appreciating the small things in life. The moments. The conversations. The seemingly insignificant experiences that we’ll remember forever. (I’m pretty sentimental, so I’ve got a lot of those things :P)
But, there are other “small” things in life that I must admit get more attention than they probably should. In fact, I’m realizing lately that my mind is typically most consumed with these types of things – work-related tasks, finances, household responsibilities, etc. Just sticking to a normal daily routine can take up most of our thoughts and energy, can’t it?
Don’t get me wrong – those are obviously all important things that shouldn’t be disregarded. That would just be irresponsible.
But for me, it’s not the act of doing those things that is a problem – it’s how much I let them consume my mind and my life. I find myself focusing so much on those particular ins and outs of every day life that I rarely stop to think about the WHY behind what I do. The bigger picture. The things that actually matter in the grand scheme of things.
My daily quiet time in the morning definitely helps, but I think I’m going to add a new practice to it – adding a few minutes to just reflect on those big things. I want to more often ask myself:
How can I help/reach other people more? What am I actively doing to make that happen?
How can I better cultivate the relationships in my life, and build new ones that I want?
Am I make sure to take care of myself – body and soul?
Am I allowing time for the things that I love? How am I actively pursuing those things?
Maybe that means stopping to make more phone calls. Maybe it means saying “yes” to a social event, even if I’ve had a long day. Maybe it’s as simple as eating more slowly. Whatever those things are, I want to do more of them.
Anyone with me? How do you make sure you’re not forgetting the big things in your own life?