Appreciation Of Simple Things

Today (a Friday) I left work at around 7:30pm, which is the latest I’ve done in a VERY VERY long time. Mind you, my day usually starts before or around 9am, and it’s always my endeavor to maintain 40-hour work week but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do!

As I was leaving and driving along the highway 680-N with traffic, I looked out the window and saw this beautiful sunset sky with the mountain hazy in a opaque mist in the distance. And I think, “What a great view!” And it doesn’t seem so bad to have to leave work so late anymore.

But how many people actually notice it? And ALSO genuinly appreciate it?

Sometimes we are so busy going places that we fail to notice and appreciate these simple things in life.

We are so hasty in getting somewhere – maybe a physical place, maybe an abstract goal – that we neglect things and forget to live the moment.

These simple things can be a gorgeous scenic view like this case…
Or nature itself – a comfortably green tree, a cool breeze brushes by, a passing dragonfly…
Or good companionship – family members, friends who understands you, colleages who are great to work with…
Or simple things that happened – a good conversation, simple gesture of kindess, an exchange of smiles with passerby…
Or the most basic thing in life – your arms, your legs, your eyesight, being able to breathe, or simply being alive.

Not only that, we all have goals, right? Like:
Becoming millionaires…
Losing 20 lbs…
Becoming the next American Idol…
Buying the most expensive sports car out there…
Whatever…

And you spent all your blood, sweat, heart and soul in working toward your goal… But suddenly, some superior being suddenly gives you what you have always wanted so badly. After all those effort, you are given just what you want in an instant. Well…

You would be estatic for a moment but then, wouldn’t it be devastating after that initial moment? Wouldn’t it be boring? That’s it? I got it just like that? What do I do now?

That would suck.
At least in my mind.

Anyways, what I want to say is…

Enjoy the process on the way to your goal.
Live the moments.
Learn to appreciate.
Live your life.
Don’t be in such a hurry all the time.

I appreciate that I have come to be more aware of and able to appreciate these things.

Tomorrow will be another good day.

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