“Think, let us say, of the times of Vespasian, and what do you see? Men and women busy marrying, bringing up children, sickening, dying, fighting, feasting, chaffering, farming, flattering, bragging, envying, scheming, calling down curses, grumbling at fate, loving, hoarding, coveting throngs and dignities. Of all that life, not a trace survives today.” – Marcus Aurelius
Some people may interpret this differently (in fact, they might interpret exactly the opposite, which I’ll cover next week), but what this quote says to me is that, in all the hustle and bustle of every day life, we need to appreciate the little things. The little things that float away so quickly and easily and leave no trace other than memories.
It’s really easy to get bogged down with annoyances: this car cut in front of you, that person got the last cheese danish, your puppy won’t walk well, your roommate left dishes in the sink. We tend to hold on to these things that get us down and carry them with us throughout the day. What if, instead of carrying around the things that bring us down, we focused on the little things and carried those around instead? Waking up a minute before your alarm clock, finding one of your favorite movies on TV, seeing a flock of baby ducks on your morning walk, getting a random call from a friend. Carry these little positive things around as long as you carry the negative annoyances around and you’ll be surprised at what a change it can make in the way you see the world.
This Week’s Challenge
Focus on the Little Things. Be cognizant and mindful of the things that make you smile throughout the day and hold on to them. Share some of your favorite little things in the comments (if you need inspiration, I love the JustLittleThings tumblr).
This Week’s Mantra
While some of The Streets’ songs are problematic, I love the message behind these lines from “Everything is Borrowed:” “I came to this world with nothing and I leave with nothing but love. Everything else is just borrowed.”
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional or mental health expert, and there are problems that positivity cannot overcome, so please do not take this advice in lieu of a doctor’s care.
Not all challenges will be relevant to everyone, so I welcome you to come and go as you please and take from each challenge what works for you! Please make sure to share your thoughts in the comments!