Today as I was taking my shower, I was thinking about all of the the things on my TO DO list today. I was worrying about phone calls I needed to make, thinking about a blog post, wondering if there would be sunshine to take photos for my shop, and so on.....
It was in the middle of all of this overthinking, that I realized how seldom I just stop to appreciate the hot water of my shower. How wonderful it is that I can turn on the faucet and have water at just the perfect temperature.
How often do I close my eyes for just a moment and listen to the sounds around me. The swish of tires on the road outside . The sound of the wind chimes blowing in the wind. The ticking of the clock.
We get so caught up in the "big things" that we forget how all of the small moments of our lives make up "the big picture"
We only have the present moment. The future is not a guarantee and the past is gone.
So for me today, I am going to stop throughout the day and focus on my five senses.
I am going to really smell the dinner cooking in my kitchen.
I am going to take a moment to watch the squirrel as he does his acrobatics to get at the bird feeder.
I am going to appreciate the soft touch of my sheets as I make the bed.
I am going to sit, close my eyes, and listen to the sounds around me. The breeze really does whisper in the trees.
I am going to slow down and enjoy the taste of my food, savoring the sweetness, the saltiness, the richness of each bite.
The simple things add so much to our lives. Showing gratitude for all of these simple things fulfills us.