Life can be a struggle sometimes, can’t it? I’ve often thought how the moments when something amazing happens, when your heart swells and you feel ecstatically happy, are vastly outweighed by the times when the car breaks down, the zipper breaks on your new jeans, or a big bill arrives you weren’t expecting.
It struck me yesterday though how it’s so important to celebrate and value the little things. It was my first day back at “work” after the school holidays, and I had a lovely day. I wrote on and off for about four hours, then met up with hubby for lunch. I spent an hour or so at the supermarket taking my time to shop for groceries - which I actually quite enjoy - and then came home and wrote for another hour.
Then I made dinner, and after that I made myself some simple bircher muesli - just half a cup of muesli, a quarter cup of milk, a small pot of yoghurt, and a grated apple, placed in the fridge for the next morning.
And while I was doing that, a sense of real contentment came over me. Life’s problems hadn’t gone away, but at that moment - standing in the sunlight while I grated and stirred - I felt content. Not euphoric or ecstatic, just content. And that can’t be underestimated, can it? Those small moments where you take a break from the whirlwind of life to stop and literally smell the roses, or to admire something pretty.
My Treats series is so named for a reason - I’m a big believer in giving oneself treats. A nurse I was talking to at the hospice the other day was bemoaning the fact that the chocolate shop in town has opened up a cafe, and said it was the last thing people need when doctors are trying to encourage everyone to eat healthily. I thought well yes, she’s right in one way, but she’s also missing the point. I wouldn’t eat at the cafe every day, but there are times when you need a treat to give yourself a lift. It’s treats that keep you going, and that make life worth living. Those blinding moments of happiness don’t come around very often, but we can make up for that by filling our lives with the little things that make us happy. For me, it’s chocolate, and wine, being with my family, watching a good movie, reading a book, and surrounding myself with bright, colorful things.
How are you going to treat yourself today?