I received a message this morning that read, "Truth be told, Diane, it takes so very, very little to be happy. But you already knew that." I thought about it for a moment and realized how very true that little statement is. Can you think of something super simple that brings a smile to your face and warms you up all over? Something so simple it is almost unnoticeable until you DO notice and realize the power of that brief moment? A smile from a stranger walking down the street, a grocery clerk offering to help take out your load of groceries, your child giving you an unsolicited hug just because. For me, hugs are the BEST! Here's an example I'd like to share. Last night I watched my five-year old dance with Ellen DeGeneres. It's one of his favorite things to do. When I'm feeling a little low on energy, I queue up a recording of the Ellen DeGeneres Show (LOVE Tivo!!) and fast forward to Ellen dancing and off he goes. He'll rewind it over and over again to extend that joyful emotion move through his body in the form of dance. He exudes joy and everyone in his presence feels it. If you listen, you'll hear Ian chime in with his squeals of delight on the video. Brings a smile to my face every time!
Don't skip those moments. Notice them. Practice bringing your awareness to them. When you start to focus your attention on finding the simple joys you might be surprised to find them string them together and realize the stuff in between doesn't have as much power. What simple joys do you notice in your life?