I love this black and white picture of my tea cup.
It's not because of the cup though. It's because of the tea bag.
It's not even because of the message on the tea bag itself per say, although it is a great one.
When I look at this picture, the essence of the tea bag symbolizes the small details. It's part of the bigger picture but can easily be overlooked by the ornateness of the cup. It can easily get lost.
What I'm saying is don't let the details get lost. Don't let the simple fall by the wayside.
"Enjoy the little things in life for one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things."
Yeah, like Vonnegut said.
Think about it. How many times do we go through our day and someone asks us, "How was your day?" We respond in one of two ways. The first is to say, "Fine." The second is to talk about all the major things that happened during the day, both positive and negative. And, if we really want to get to the thick of it, we ruminate so much more on the negative.
But what about all the tiny parts of our day that get overshadowed?
That's part of why I do a gratitude check for a blog post once in awhile. I actually take the time to step back and think about the little parts of my day that were pretty amazing. It's why the first part of my daily journal writing is to write down three things I'm grateful for.
The problem is that we don't do it enough. We don't take the time to step back and really reflect on the little parts of our day we can appreciate, even when it seems like it has been less than stellar.
The most common excuse is we're too busy. That's just lame. We simply don't prioritize focusing on the little things. So, I want to challenge you to take five minutes at the end of the day or five minutes at the beginning of the day to either write down or tell someone three things you're grateful for from that day or the previous one.
Notice the little things. Savoring a cup of coffee, hearing the laughter of children, getting to use every piece of gym equipment exactly when I wanted to use it. Small details.
You can do this. You deserve it. Do it for you.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.