How often do you take time to appreciate moments of simple pleasure? Do you recognize simple pleasures when they come to you? Have you asked yourself lately what constitutes a simple pleasure?
Simple pleasures can mean different things to different people. It may depend on the season of life you are currently in. If you are a new parent of one or more young children, your simple pleasure may be five minutes in the bathroom by yourself. If you are an older person like me, your simple pleasure may be the sounds of your grandchildren’s voices screeching with delight as you offer a warm home baked cookie. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of a busy day, it may be your commute home, listening to your favorite music. It may be a walk in nature, the stunning orange hues of a brilliant sunset, or the calming chorus of the crickets on a summer night.
The important thing is to take a moment to stop; a moment to look and listen.
The simple pleasures will find you. The magic happens when you look to the sky and it speaks to you in the form of a beautiful cloud formation, or you sit down with a cup of tea and a butterfly lands on your toe. Have you ever thought about someone you haven’t spoken to in months and the phone rings? There they are!
Don’t we all need them? What happens when we don’t take the time to appreciate our own personal simple pleasures? I know if I don’t, eventually I find myself feeling overwhelmed with life.
The key to finding and appreciating simple pleasure is to stop. Don’t put it off till you have a free moment. The free moment may not come, and the simple pleasure that was waiting for you will go on to find another.
To quote the famous Rumi, “What you seek is seeking you”. So don’t miss your chance for today’s moment of pleasure.
My call to action for you is to stop right now if you are able. Take five minutes. Set your intention to find a simple pleasure and ask it to find you. Look around wherever you are. Step outside for a moment and look at the sky. Pick up a book and read one paragraph. Do you have a favorite pet at home? Stop for five minutes and connect with him/her. Stroke his head or scratch her ears. Then look at the expression on his/her face. Does that not bring a simple pleasure to your heart?
Stop, look and listen. Enjoy the pleasure because that is its sole purpose. Then pause for a moment of gratitude for that person, that animal, that sight or sound that found you and fulfilled its purpose today, by bringing you a simple moment of pleasure.
Linda Carney, INHC
Your Path Forward
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