There's nothing special in this picture. It's just our dining room table. You see a chair, a napkin holder, and salt and pepper shakers. Through the window you might spot the charcoal grill and part of the deck bench.
Nothing special, though, right?
See the early morning light streaming through the spokes of the chair casting shadows onto the table.
Still nothing special?
Then you're missing the point. The glorious simplicity of an early morning as the sun is still at a lower angle to cast those shadows. That moment doesn't last very long. Once the sun gets a little higher, they are gone.
Ah, moments. Indeed, they don't last very long at all. We take a lot for granted. We move from one thing to another in a rush to get to where we need to go. We look for the big ah-ha moments and forget the minute details. The little things that don't seem like much but are spectacular.
This is what's so tough about life. How often do we tell ourselves we need to slow down and be grateful for the little things? How often do we actually do it? That's what I thought. I know, me too. And I wish there was a magic solution to get us all to take in the small, seemingly unimportant details, but there isn't.
It's hard work to slow down. That's why so many of us do so much shallow work. We have the attention span of a gnat. We don't do the deep dive into the minutia where we can learn so much. There's a depth of experiences out there for us, but we keep missing them for the next big thing.
But wow, when you spot something simple, something worth taking a moment to just experience it, it feels life-changing in a way. It might be fleeting, but hold on to it for as long as you can, because once you start building the habit of noticing the little things you will see them all over the place.
You'll wonder how it happened, but somehow you'll know.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.