been taught so long that the big things are what bring us
satisfaction that in many ways, we've lost the ability to
feel and appreciate the wonderful part of our life that the
small kindnesses bring. The huge payoff is very rare,
and, to be honest, completely unnecessary when all is said
and done. If we attune ourselves to our worlds, if we
learn how to see the magic in the little things that happen
every day all around us, we'll start to see just how
fortunate we are to have the magic as part of our lives.
learned that a child's kiss on my cheek makes me feel much
better than attending a concert or a sporting event.
That kiss tells me that someone cares, that someone special
loves me. I've learned that a good book on a quiet
afternoon is just as special--if not more special--than
dinner out at a fancy restaurant.
important part is to be in tune with what's going on here
and now, and not wishing we were somewhere else, keeping our
minds on where we're not. When we're able to do this,
we come to find that there are wonderful, magical things in
all of our experiences. Right now, as I write, I'm
listening to very good music, I'm working on a computer that
couldn't have existed twenty years ago, there's light coming
out of a couple of bulbs that allow me to be up past
dark. These things all are magic to me.
we need to do is recognize that person's "thank
you" as an expression of special gratitude. That
smile that little kid shared with you means something
special, but only if you let it. The flowers that you
see today are here for a short time only, so please enjoy
them! And the taste of the ice cream or the cherries
or the chocolate--well, that's a very special gift, indeed,
is it not?