Last week I was down in bed with chicken pox and was denied a few simple ‘pleasures’ which I always took for granted. Never had I given a thought over them before, but my sickness made me realize how often we take the small things in life as given, and realize their importance only in their absence. The smallest most mundane day to day activities, are done for the sake of doing it. The novelty aspect as well as the love for the task is lost.
When we eat we rarely notice the spice that goes into the food apart from salt whose absence is immediately felt. The spices which add the flavor that make our mouth water. When we have a bath we are so much in a rush to be in time to catch that 6:45 bus or train, that we forget to enjoy the shower : the feel of water, like we did when we were kids. When we brush our teeth in the morning we are so sleepy that we are unable to enjoy the task at hand.
I have heard people complaining that Life is boring and monotonous. That’s because we choose to make it that way. We have forgotten to enjoy doing what we do best. The best results are always seen when you put your heart and soul and enjoy what you do, no matter what the task at hand is. So take every task as a challenge, and do it to the best of your ability. Don’t give you life an opportunity to becoming boring and mundane. After all it’s the simplest things in life that are the most extraordinary.
I’m leaving you with a quote from Paulo Coelho’s book 'The Alchemist.'
“Don’t let each day be the same as the next, as it is because people fail to recognize the good things that are spoke in their lives every day, that the sun rises.”
The Sunday Visitor.