With the recent passing of two Hollywood icons that were both too young, it got me thinking.
Do we live our life to the fullest?
Or do we take this life for granted?
Six years ago my mother passed away completely, unexpectedly. In an instant I lost my mother and my world changed forever. I no longer had my best friend, my confidant, my mother. Until that moment I didn’t realize how quickly a person could be taken or how quickly a person’s life could change.
I don’t have any regrets as far as I wish I would have talked to her more or let her know that I loved her. We had a great relationship and she knew how very much I loved her.
But what I did learn from this sudden loss was to not take this life for granted and to enjoy the little things.
Here are a few ways to enjoy the little things in life:
- Take pleasure in the sound of your children singing, laughing and listen, really listen to them when they speak. They have the sweetest sounding voices and really, let’s be honest. How long before they don’t want to speak to you? You know, when the teenage years hit and the hormones set in.
- Say “I love you” often because you don’t know if it’s the last time you will be able to say it to that person.
- Use the good dishes for every day wear. Don’t save them for a special occasion. The same goes for special silverware and drinking glasses. Every day that we’re here on Earth is a special day.
- Have dessert before dinner. Like Jerry Seinfeld says the good thing about appetites is that there is another one right behind it.
- Curl up in bed with your children, significant other, brother or sister and stay up late watching a movie.
- Don’t wait to visit family or a best friend. You may think that you don’t have time, that you’re too busy or that person will be there next week but they may not. Tomorrow is not guaranteed so don’t miss an opportunity to visit with them.
- Treat yourself to a manicure, pedicure, massage, read for fun, watch a movie you’ve been wanting to see, or make a yummy meal or dessert.
- Forgive even if the other person doesn’t deserve it. It’s not worth holding onto that anger and negativity. It takes more energy to be angry than to forgive.
- Leave the laundry and housework for the day and stay in your pajamas and veg out in front of the TV.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff. This is one that I’m still working on. When we overreact we focus on the negative and annoy people that might otherwise help us. And is this current situation going to matter in a year, a month or even a few days from now? Most likely not.
- Lastly, be thankful for waking up to another day. Enjoy every moment of the day. Even the bad things that happen to us can be a good thing. These unfortunate events can help us realize all the good in our life and that when you have these good moments they should not be taken for granted.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did. ~ Mark Twain
I would love to hear what you do to make the most of each and every day. I’m always looking for new ideas!