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Thursday, March 5, 2009
Life’s Little Pleasures
“We cannot do great things, we can only do small things with great love.”
~ Mother Theresa
It’s the little things that make life worth living. An unexpected smile from a stranger, a gentle hug from a child or running into an old friend are just a few of the small moments that can enrich our world. There are literally dozens of meaningful moments that occur through the course of a day. Unfortunately, many of us are oblivious to them as they pass us by having neither been received nor absorbed. Life just keeps getting faster and more isolated as far too many of us lead a life of seclusion, hooked up to the latest electronic device instead of a flesh and blood human being.
Acknowledging and embracing the special moments in life not only enhances our lives but also the lives of others. As these moments accumulate, there is an even greater chance that they will penetrate our hearts to renew awareness, jumpstart spiritual growth and encourage new ideas. It is when we open our hearts to all of the possibilities around us that miracles can truly begin.
Nearest and Dearest
The relationships we have with those closest to us are often the most meaningful. Yet, despite the familiarity, it’s easy to overlook the impact our loved ones have on our world. We often belittle their actions by simply chalking it up to something that ‘have’ to do because they love us. Unfortunately, this robs the loved one of the value of reciprocation and cheapens their deed. Instead we should be receptive to whatever kindnesses we are offered and show the gratitude that is undoubtedly deserved.
To Forgive and Forget
Forgiveness is not always easy especially when egos collide and both sides feel slighted regardless of the reason. However, rising above the turmoil and taking the first step on the winding road of absolution is one of life’s greatest pleasures. It does, however, take someone who is sturdy in character to concede defeat. Yet the knowledge that it was your strength that led to a resolution is more than satiating enough. More importantly, taking the higher road and allowing someone to go in peace without holding a grudge is the sign of an individual who is truly at peace with themselves as well as others.
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Reaching Out in Understanding
Extending yourself, whether spiritually or financially, to another human being in a spirit of cooperation and understanding does more for the human condition than just about anything else could. If all of the denizens of the world followed a similar ethos, things like abject poverty, hunger, destruction and exploitation would be eradicated from the face of the Earth. It only takes one person to make a difference in the life of someone who needs it.
The world we live in is full of dazzling glitter and innumerable earthly pleasures. However, they are not all meaningful and most of them can be harmful to us, whether in a physical or spiritual sense. Engaging in the beneficial pleasures can be heartwarming endeavors that add value to life and make it worth living.
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