"I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things... I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind."
- Leo F. Buscaglia
It's so easy to get wrapped up in the day to day of our lives that we plod through it, scarcely noticing all little things that could make life exponentially juicier if we'd just stop a minute to revel in them.
When we want more happiness in our lives, we tend to think in terms of the big fix. "I want a new career. I need a new/different/better relationship." While those things may be true, they are inevitably long-term paths.
The immediately available potential lies in the little things.
What little things could you stop and revel in? Make a list. Plant the question in your head as you go through your day. Look for things that you would get enthusiastic about if you remembered to notice.
It could be just a fleeting experience. For example, the thing that immediately popped into my mind as I thought about this was stopping and petting the cherry blossoms. Yeah, I know. I'm a freak.
A couple weeks ago out on a walk when the cherry blossoms were in full bloom, I kept finding myself drawn to just stopping under the trees and reaching out to gently stroke the flowers. They're really soft. I have this picture in my head of myself petting the cherry blossoms with a contented little half-smile on my face, feeling their softness and enjoying their beauty.
Another picture that comes to mind is walking on the beach last fall at the Oregon coast. A wave splashing on the rocks had soaked me (I was leaning down to record the sound). Since I was already wet, I decided to go wading even though I was wearing shoes and jeans.
I suddenly got the urge to spin wildly in circles with my arms stretched out. There was a hotel on the bluff overlooking the beach, and I almost stopped myself, worrying that anyone looking out their window would think I was weird - long pants, up to my knees in the ocean, and spinning madly in circles.
Then I thought, "What the hell do I care?" And I spun. And spun. And spun. It was a giddy, little-kid-cutting-loose kind of feeling. It made me laugh out loud. When I stopped, I looked up and there was someone looking out their window at me. I smiled, waved, and kept walking, happy that I had let myself go.
It's the little things.
Brought to you by Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM