How hard is it to embrace and enjoy beautiful views in the Grand Canyon National Park, Pena National Palace in Portugal, or the Great Barrier Reef near Heron Island in Australia? I am going to boldly say that it is really not that hard as each and every single one of them is breathtaking. This is why I would like to talk about something that I considered one of life’s smaller pleasures, but is it really?
Not everyday we are able to treat ourselves to an impressive holiday abroad under palm trees, buy jaw dropping shoes from Jimmy Choo, or even go for a fancy dining experience in a newly open chic restaurant that everyone is talking about. How does this limited experience of what is considered a big pleasure/big treat compares to the ones considered a small one? How small are they really if we can enjoy them everyday and as often as we open ourselves to experiencing them?
What are my small pleasures? Or in other words what gives me enjoyment, amusement and satisfaction on a daily basis?
My family taught me to celebrate and appreciate every moment, even those not ordinarily considered special by others. I remember summers where I did not go for fancy holidays abroad. Each summer for almost 15 years I spent helping out in the garden with my grandfather. I would watch my family building up a plastic greenhouse where later we would harvest tomatoes.
Once we worked all morning trying to catch all the potato beetles over our crops. During the break as I was sitting on the grass, my grandfather called me over for the season’s first tomatoes. We sprinkled some salt over them and as I was biting into the fruit I just focused on the incredible smell, taste and flavor. I am not going to lie and say that this was a life changing second but it did imprint deep inside my mind to stop, take a break, and enjoy the moment.
My life now is full of little pleasures like the time when I had the first tomato of the new season. I decided not to wait to be happy only when I travel, or when I am at the edge of the Grand Canyon. I find pleasure, something that makes my life just slightly more thrilling every day.
One of my friends each time when I see her says how much she would like to enjoy everyday as I do. She means my travels. What she does not notice is that as much as I do travel I also have days, weeks, months where I am in Aberdeen working, cooking dinners, cleaning my bathroom, washing dishes, dusting, separating whites from blacks for washing etc. I am refusing to sit and wait for a few months till something amazing happens that eventually will bring me joy. Instead I find it in regular things.
I was wondering if I would give away all of the little life’s pleasures for the rest of my life. For example if someone would offer me a fully paid, exclusive trip around the world where I would be able to see all the world’s magnificent places, sights, and cultures under one condition that nothing ordinary would ever bring me joy again. I do not believe I would agree because that would be like striping my life from happiness there and then. I would always want more, and at some point there would be nothing else magnificent left in the world for me to enjoy. I would see it all, experience it all, and could not feel joy anymore.
Let me know what you think about life’s little pleasures in the comments below. Would you take the deal at the expense of simple pleasures?
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