Thursday, September 30, 2010

Appreciate Little things in your life: Inspired by CLICK The Movie

Imagine that you have a universal remote able to control your entire universe. You can forward, rewind to different parts in your life; you can escape illness, boring meetings, repeated activities... Imagine that you can mute all the noise out there and all voices you don't want to hear. Imagine you can control everything: events, sounds, colours and all your life just by a CLICK. This Fantasia makes the daily life of an architect rolled by Adam Sandler (I am one of his fans by the way) and released June 2006. I deeply enjoyed watching the movie and kept thinking of the idea for a while. I end up convinced that CLICK was not fantasia it was very realistic. We click all the time; we miss life procrastinating. We do things while out hearts are somewhere else. We live but are we really alive?

The universal remote, that controls our universe, is obviously our mind which controls our entire life. The mind valuates and devaluates things; making some among them enjoyable and the rest extremely boring. All of this perception is a result of previous experiences; of things we have been taught and things we have come across. We decide on a daily basis which things are important and which things are not and we never come back to question our decisions. We repeat them unconsciously and we end up missing the great moments of life; we end up with similar days, similar weeks; similar years and a life missed for nothing.

Certainly, huge achievements, unique inventions and big projects are very essential to our self-esteem. But as human beings, we look always for more. Famous people, busy people, business men and international stars usually miss the simple things and admit that ‘life is in the little things’. Things that Michael Newman (Adam Sandler) fast forwarded to reach the 'good' parts in his life but he missed the whole experience.

Too often we underestimate the power of a smile, a touch, a kind word or a listening ear, all of which have the power to turn a life around
-- Leo Buscaglia

Washing your face in the morning could seem a foolish answer for happiness seekers. Yet, if the mind is present, if we are conscious and not bypassing what we think are ‘unpleasant parts', if we think of people who are captivated, people who have to cross miles just to get some water, people who cannot or are not... Washing one’s face in the morning has to be a real bless.

When you open your window in the early morning and take a deep breath; see the beautiful sky and say hello to singing birds (which sings whatever happens), appreciate the moment. Really, this is what life is all about. You will win Oscars, write novels, conquer enemies but nothing is more beautiful than the tender morning breeze on your skin.

Eat your food whatever it is and appreciate it; there are people who don't have food, who die because of starvation, there are people who cannot eat, there are very busy people who miss breakfast today and the day after, then everyday. Eat slowly and enjoy everything.

When you meet people smile to them even if the road is so crowded even if there is no way you reach your work enjoy that you have a car while other people have to cross miles in order to reach a school or work. Appreciate the moment; look throughout the window and you will notice that birds are still singing. Smile to your co-workers, complement them. People are very important to our wellbeing. Some researches suggest that offline life is an assurance for a balanced healthy life while an online life style with no sufficient human interaction could cause physical misbalance and even illness.

When you come back home; a bubble shower won't ruin anything. They will still homework, uncompleted work, duties, series and a dinner to prepare. Yet, a bubble shower is a way to say thank you for your body for standing all the day long also a good way to start doing all other urgent or important things, relaxed. Do everything in your life and especially little things with joy love and appreciation.

Too often we don’t realize
What we have until it is gone
Too often we wait too late to say
“I’m sorry – I was wrong.”

Sometimes it seems we hurt the ones
We hold dearest to our hearts
And we allow foolish things
To tear our lives apart.

Far too many times we let
Unimportant things into our minds
And then it’s usually too late
To see what made us blind.

So be sure that you let people know
How much they mean to you
Take that time to say the words
Before your time is through.

Be sure that you appreciate
Everything you’ve got
And be thankful for the little things
in life that mean a lot.

Source of the Poem

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