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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Power of the Little Things

Imagine if the sky was taken away. Imagine that the clouds were forever evaporated and the blue arch above our heads transformed into a gray vat of dullness. How would you feel if the ocean dried up, the grass stopped growing and vibrant spring flowers ceased to blossom? 

One thing is for certain: the world would be a giant hellhole. But, how often do we take the time to appreciate the little things in life? I know I certainly don’t do it enough. Between school, working two jobs and maintaining my relationships, I often over look the beauty of the little things that make life incredible. 

Why is it only when something is taken away do we appreciate it’s utility? It’s a sad concept to face that it’s human nature to take things for granted. Have humans always been so jaded? Imagine what the world would be like if everyone was internally programmed to observe, reflect and appreciate the simple things for fifteen minutes every day. It’s possible the hearts of even the most cruel would experience love. And, what’s even more interesting to consider is how the relationship between humanity and Earth would be affected.

Some people may call it a shift in consciousness, but for the sake of simplicity, it’s nothing more than being aware of the things that cause innate happiness. In other words, it’s being conscious of the things in life that cause good vibes. Just as a disease can spread like wild fire, so can appreciation. Telling someone you appreciate the things they do spreads love, and it’s likely they’ll spread it, too. 

With the way our world operates, it’s impossible to avoid the phone, computer or any other distracting device. Society has made it borderline unavoidable. But, one thing we can do is take a step back for five minutes and observe—the simple things are not supposed to be taken for granted. 

By: Mary Carreon


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