Often, when we eat at really nice restaurants we get an excellent quality of food as well as a smaller portion. We often feel very satisfied because it is adequate in portion and calories.
Cultivating simple joys in life was the major motivation for intentionally downsizing my schedule commitments and possessions. I wanted something more in life, more meaningful and more fulfilling. By eliminating the unnecessary clutter and bustle from life, there is time and space for small joys to arise and be fully appreciated for the richness they bring.
Understanding what is important in our lives allows us to rid ourselves of the meaningless things or activities that do not serve us well, without remorse.
Allow some cushion in your schedule. When we rush, we barely acknowledge what is happening around us and are more prone to elevated stress hormones and anxiety.
Be intentional in the moment. Instead of always thinking of the next thing on our to-do list or schedule, being present allows us to recognize and enjoy the moments of joy as they arise. It gives us the opportunity to pay attention to details.
Go deeper. Greater joy can be derived in our experiences when we do not allow them to be simply superficial. Go deep with it, relish it, and store that moment away in your memory banks. These small joys are the moments that make life meaningful and fulfilling, therefore the difference in living versus living well.
Record special moments. Journal about the moments that are treasured as a means of refreshing your memory of the beauty and contentment you have experienced around a particular event.
Do things you love. Take time to ponder what you value and what you are passionate about. If we always do the “what has to be done” list, we rarely get to the “love to do” list. Reassess priorities to provide for productive fun.
Share moments with loved ones near and far. A note or picture or phone call to connect can be one of life’s special times. Enjoy the beauty of simplicity in important relationships. This can make our worlds seem closer and more intimate.
List the must-dos, need-to-dos, and would-love-to-dos, and make something from each list a daily priority.
Just because a slice of something is smaller doesn’t necessarily mean it’s inadequate. Less is more in more ways than you may think.
Consider what life can look like, if you actually take the time to look at it =)
Sheri Geyer is a Christian Life Coach, Mentor, Writer, Wife & Mom