March 11
Enjoy the little things in life,
for one day you may look
back and realize they were
the big things.



Today's Meditation:

Oh my goodness--how many wonderful moments and days and experiences I've missed because I was looking for something big to come along!  This is most definitely one of the things that most saddens me about my life: the number of opportunities that I've squandered because I was looking for something else.  I don't spend my days wallowing in regret, obviously, but sometimes I do wish that I could reach back and change the ways that I've reacted to things and people, treated things and people.

Regret for the past does no good, but by reminding myself of just how foolish I've been in the past, I can do my best to make sure that I don't make the same mistakes again; I can try my best to enjoy the little things, the seemingly insignificant moments that don't look to be big deals.

I remember taking a few moments to talk to someone who seemed to need someone to talk to.  It didn't seem like that big of a deal at the time, and I really enjoyed talking to him.  A few years later, he mentioned to me that that conversation had been a kind of turning point, that he had really needed someone to listen to him and that he had even been contemplating suicide.  The conversation that to me had been no big deal had definitely been a big deal to the other person.

Most of the things that seem little but that end up being big, we'll never know about.  I never would have known about the importance of that meeting if he hadn't told me about it, and he told me only because we happened to meet by chance one day.  I try to look at every moment as important, because from our limited perspective on life, we really can't know what's truly big and what's truly small--we can only give our best to each moment, and hope that it's enough, and we can only do our best to enjoy all that we do, enjoy the moments and the gifts and the company we keep, for life is about the little things that add up to make a life.

Questions to consider:

How do you determine what's really big and what's small?  How's your track record for judging?

How do you define a "big thing" as opposed to a "little thing"?

What kinds of things don't you enjoy?  Would your experience of those things change at all if you did allow yourself to enjoy them?

For further thought:

For many years now I have listened to the stories of people with cancer
and other life-threatening illnesses as their counselor.  From them
I have learned how to enjoy the minute particulars of life once again,
the grace of a hot cup of coffee, the presence of a friend,
the blessing of having a new cake of soap or an hour without pain.
Such humble experience is the stuff that many of the very best stories are made of.  If we think we have no stories it is because we have not paid
enough attention to our lives.  Most of us live lives that are far richer
and more meaningful than we appreciate.

Rachel Naomi Remen


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