Last week was the most KILLER of all weeks for me. Period. Insanely busy, meetings and assignments one after another, and yes -- minor anxiety attacks once in a while. NOT FUN. (You probably think I'm exaggerating but I'm not.. 'LOL').
BUT, it's not all bad news. Out of this mayhem arose a realization -- simple, but sweet nonetheless. I realized that though we get swept away by all the 'dramatic' stuff in our lives, we should NEVER forget the small & simple things that keep us going on a day-to-day basis.
WHAT HAPPENED ...
So basically I was completely freaking out about my work so I suddenly (impulsively) dropped everything and walked out the door. Literally. All I knew was that I needed a breath of fresh air, a chance to be fully present in the moment rather than thinking about all the things I "had to do" all the time.
And this walk I took turned out to be exactly what I needed. It's funny because when I look back on my week, the things that meant the most to me weren't the big momentous things -- not the work I accomplished or the presentations I gave -- but the small little things that I took notice of.
As cheesy as it sounds, I was thankful for things I wouldn't have otherwise noticed: the way the rain sounded when it hit my umbrella; the way the sun still shone behind the clouds even as it rained; the way my boots withstood any puddle ... Before I knew it, I was suddenly so happy. It didn't matter if I still had piles of work to do; God had blessed me with this moment. Sometimes these small pleasures were all it took to remember that.
I was especially inspired by the people who were walking their dogs. Yes, it seems so ordinary, but something struck me as profound about them: they walked for the sake of walking. They were patient, always stopping whenever their dogs stopped (which happened often because dogs get amused by the smallest things) -- and they were never in a rush. They weren't frantically pushing forward from point A to B like everyone else did; they were enjoying the journey.
Finally I thought: Maybe I ought to live that way... the way people walked their dogs. Calm. Peaceful. Patient. Happy. Enjoying the journey rather than focusing too much on the destination.
Maybe life isn't as complicated as we make it out to be. Perhaps it's the small taken-for-granted stuff that we ought to enjoy more, that have the power to make us happy.
So let's relish every moment. Whether it's the simple satisfaction of getting a 'like' on Instagram, or eating the last piece of sushi your brother saved up for you (a huge sacrifice), remember all the pleasant things in life, no matter how small they are. Just.. BE HAPPY.