By Mary Ann
Posted in Our Inspirations
Despite our love of fashion and style…some days call for reflection and something greater than the outer world…
The other day I was running around on my usual frantic round of work errands when it just suddenly hit me…
This life is short—and gets shorter every day no matter how long I live…I Don’t want to waste another single precious moment of being alive. I want to be Living Life!
The thought and subsequent feeling was so powerful that it literally took my breath away for a moment. Where is the time going and what am I really spending most of my time doing? I spontaneously texted my little sister to share my thought (I think that there was a little fear there even), and asked her ”What are you grateful for right now, this very minute?” I was expecting a quick answer—something usual like “my health” or “the sun shining”—both of which would have been good answers I must say.
BUT—here is what I received in reply…
Looking into the eyes of my horse
Waking up in the morning
Breathing; Swimming; Yoga
Listening to a friend
Laughing; Music; Dancing
Buying Flowers for myself
Getting a great parking spot in the shade
Touching the earth
Talking to all animals, birds, and bugs
Wrapping up in sun dried sheets and quilts
Being naked under the sun and moon
And closing my eyes in complete peace at night
This list of small gratitudes brought tears to my eyes and immediately slowed me down. Here was my younger sister—far more connected to her inner soul in the middle of a regular day than I am in moments of attempted quiet. I learned so much from her and about her in that moment. She changed my day—and has continued to change my approach to my day every time I revisit her precious list. Not only do I love her—I love this life and the great gift of being alive.
I think that in the United States so much is available to us—so much more to always be wanting—that we may often forget that it is in the smallest things—most freely given us—that we can find the greatest happiness.
I will forever be grateful for that moment of clarity—for my sister’s sharing— for the chance to step in her gratitude—and to begin to start each of my days reflecting on the greatness of small joys.
Until Next Time-