Simplicities of Life, slow down and take some time for yourself

Sometimes our busy lives leave us forgetting the simple things in life, the things we take for granted. For instance, who can take the time to enjoy the view? In your own town, where you live, the things you see everyday seem to lose their beauty because they’re always in the same spot. Take a second look!

My ideal relaxation would be having a cup of warm coffee on my porch, looking into the changing colorful leaves with a good book in hand, the temperature just cold enough to want a light blanket. That’s so simple, yet I never do it. I never take the time to. How many of us let simple pleasures such as this pass us by, when we could easily make the time to slow down and enjoy the moment? 10-15 minutes seems like a long time, but in reality it isn’t. Compared to a long day at work, something like this could be just the right medicine that we need to unwind.

Walking my dogs in the chilly weather, a sweater on the chihuahua of course, made me stop and look at the beautiful scenery. The trees were wonderfully colored, with plenty of pretty leaves scattered in my path. It made me think back to my childhood, out in the woods with nothing but nature. I would often sit in the nook of a crooked tree by the creek and read, the happy trickling sounds of the water soothes me. How long has it been since I did that?

Moments like these are different for each person. Maybe you’re not an outdoor type of person, or a book loving person. Nonetheless, I’m sure you have an image of your own happy moments just like I do. We as human beings need to take a few moments to ourselves and remember how to enjoy the simple things in life. Busy, everyday things can make us lose sight of ourselves. It’s good to remember who we are and what we love, even if it only lasts a few moments.

If you honestly can’t find the time, then get help from a friend or a loved one. Maybe you have your hands full with your kids, and never get a break. Seek out the help of a babysitter and relax, with by yourself or with your significant other. It can make all the difference. Everyone needs “me time,” it just comes down to making the necessary arrangements and the time for it. At least every once in a while, you deserve it!

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