Ever stopped to smell the roses (or blue hyacinths in my case)? I bought my household some beautiful blue hyacinths last week. It was an impulsive buy, but it made a brighter moment in my day when I would come home after work and smell their wonderful aroma and see their vibrant color popping out at me on my kitchen table. Sounds cheesy, but this simple gesture made for a slightly better few days, not only for me but for my roommates too :).
We all live in a such a crazy world. I feel that we sometimes forget about the simple things. Our minds, heads, lives are filled with so much information and non-sense, I sometimes have to pinch myself and remember that I am alive. For Pete’s sake, I read this morning that 10% of American’s think that HTML is an STD. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2573666/One-ten-Americans-think-HTML-sexually-transmitted-disease-quarter-think-MP3-robot-Star-Wars.html)
It is quite surprising the affect of something so small, inexpensive, and mindless can have on yourself and others around you. Pre-technology days, I am sure we all appreciated the simple things much more. Growing up I never had an ipad, XBox, Netflix, etc. All I had were board games, a pogo stick, and my bike (ok a few more toys, but you get the point). A couple of weeks ago, I read and sat on the couch while a candle burned. No the power did not go off, nor did our Internet connection go down. I just did something old fashioned and it felt great.
The next time you feel overwhelmed, over stimulated, or are about to explode, take everything down a notch and just cherish the simple things.