Through life, it is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the everyday grind. We wake up early, make our coffee and breakfast, kiss our loved ones goodbye and hit the door.
There’s nothing wrong with a routine, but while going through your morning rituals, do you take the time to admire what you have in life? Do you take a couple of seconds to stop and remember who you share your home with? Stopping time for a minute, and really taking in what you have can make a huge difference in your personal happiness.
Let’s keep it going with the morning ritual example: After you’ve left your house to go to work or school, you begin your commute, which according to the US Census is an average of 26 minutes. Or maybe you are a part of the 12% that commutes 45 minutes or more. However much time you spend on the road, I’m sure that it has become a monotonous chore, which you find complete displeasure in. Although the time you spend driving, and sitting in traffic, may be a grueling task that drives you mad, it can be a great time to expand your world.
Often times while on the interstate or in the city, there are great scenes of natural beauty and gorgeous city planning and landscaping. It may not seem like much because you travel this route every day, twice a day. I promise you though, if you take a moment while cruising the street to glance up, and take in the colors of the sunrise/sunset, it will give you the opportunity to have a greater appreciation of your life, and the world that you live in.
While we are giving our attention to topics, subjects, and practices that may be intended to better our life, keep us moving in the right direction, or give us happiness, we may be missing out on some key moments that contain the essence of true happiness.
It’s important to focus on what gives us success, and fulfillment, but if you allow that focus to become a ‘tunnel vision,’ you may miss the moments that allow us to sustain a happy mentality and healthy life.
Don’t forget the old saying, “Stop and smell the roses.”