Lately, I have been making a special effort to notice and appreciate things that I normally wouldn’t … things that are everyday occurrences that we come to take for granted. I have also been making an effort to look carefully at things I see so frequently that I often overlook, like all the photographs all over my house.
Last week, I was raking and noticed a tree root partially above ground that had three new green leaves growing from it. It seemed a little out of place surrounded by a sea of yellow leaves that had already fallen to the ground. I saw it as being symbolic of so many things … life is constantly evolving and is full of surprises, there is always hope for a new beginning, and so on. The week before that, I sat and watched a beautiful blue jay that was sitting on top of my hedges for a bit calling to other birds. I found myself wondering what the bird was trying to convey. Sometimes I have discretely observed my kids doing their homework or something else that they do on a regular basis. In the process, I noticed some things I hadn’t before, like how my one son runs his hands through his hair frequently while doing his homework and that he smiles when he understands what he is doing. These are just a few of many examples I could share.
It’s too easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of life and lose track of what’s really important. Being more mindful of my surroundings has made me feel more appreciative of the little things that I often overlook. It has also helped me not to be so lost in thought sometimes, which I tend to do. My thoughts sometimes wander to thinking about the things in my life that I wish could be different than they are now. So not letting my mind wander helps me to be more in the “here and now” and think about all the positive things for which I am grateful. I recently learned about how being grateful positively affects how well our brains function, which is always a plus! I will continue to try to be more mindful of my surroundings and be thankful for even the most ordinary things, as it seems to be having a positive impact on me. I hope you will do the same.
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