"The simple things are also the most extaordinary things and only the wise can see them." Paulo Coelho
Taking time in our lives full of busyness to slow down for a second and appreciate our surroundings isn't easy....but it can be so rewarding and give you the boost you need. On my daily dog walks I make an effort to be mindful and breathe in the clean air, enjoy the scenery, the wind blowing through the trees and even enjoy the rain! Last week in between the snow showers, I noticed clusters of snowdrops and the first of the spring baby lambs.
Ok I am lucky enough to live in the beautiful Morvan parc in Burgundy but even if you are in a big city, don't walk around oblivous to what's going on...it probably wouldn't be a very smart move and you could miss out on something wonderful...something that will make you smile. A wild flower growing on the kerb...a glimpse of blue sky...a cute baby...who knows?
One of the things I have learnt living a simpler life in France is to savour my food, we don't have takeaways here... so ...there's no chance of scoffing fast food on the move. I have found that I really enjoy making food from scratch, it's much easier than I thought and home made soup is easy to whizz up. I make a point of taking a proper lunch break and unlike many office workers, I don't eat at my desk. I move away from my laptop and try and relax and digest my lunch. Coming back to work refreshed and ready to go.
Simplifying your life should also mean that you are selective about your possesions. Appreciate the possessions that you have. Decluttering your home ...is very satisfying.....you can actually enjoy using your possessions instead of filling up the attic or garage instead.
And in your work world take a moment to split tasks and goals into chunks and tackle one by one. Simplify messages...KISS...Keep It Simple Stupid....works every time!
Tonight I am going to enjoy a soak in the bubble bath, a chat on skype with my kids and a good book...simple pleasures but they feed my soul and make me happy.
What seemingly simple things do you enjoy?