“Stop and smell the roses.” It’s cliche for a reason. Human nature being what it is, we adapt to things, we take things for granted. What seemed wonderful and amazing only yesterday quickly becomes mundane and common. The fantastic gets ground down in the daily grind, as we focus on doing the things we need to do to survive.
Along the way, I think we lose a vital part of ourselves. We live in an age of wonders. Running water, central heating, clothing, food, these are all things that we take for granted every day. Internet, entertainment, and all the rest, these are elevated into the realms of magic and myth compared to the lives of people even a hundred years ago.
Having endured some hardship, I’d like to say that I have the ability to value these things more. The truth, though, is that you have to take the time every day to remind yourself of the importance and value of the little things.
Take the time today. Tell the people you care about how much they mean to you. Take the time to appreciate the sunset or the snow on the mountains. Feed your sense of wonder and fight some of the cynicism. Stop and smell the roses