The Wand Position

The Wand Position
Often Used for Magic

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Simple Pleasures

In order to experience the best levels available in life I have found that it is most enjoyable to experience a loving heart, a happy smile, a good meal, friendly people and a welcome bark or meow. Simple things are often easy to overlook in our stressed out world.

When was the last time you spent the day just taking note of the simple pleasures that you enjoy? The experience that we all know as stress - we can tic off any number of items, one right after another to be stressed about - both things in our personal lives and things in our community and things in the world. Suggestion - this coming weekend - any day you like or just any day thats comfortable - give yourself an assignment.

The assignment is:
On this day I will just take note of my simple pleasures - little things I like, things I often take for granted, a smile, a cup of coffee, an extra lump of sugar when I didn't expect it eh - something nice that I don't really pay attention to.

In order for our lives to change now the way we want them to be we're going to have to give attention in a way we haven't done so much in the past - to that which we like and we're going to have to move that to the foreground and consider what we like in many things even if it is not everything.

I don't wish to sound like I'm putting a finger in your face and saying, "You - bad." None of that but rather this is a message to us all including me - to pay attention to what we like and what we appreciate and then perhaps it won't be quite as difficult for us to add our smile as well.



Seven said...

Very well thought out and stated. A warm and meaningful message.
Excellent post and observation.
So often we don't move forward in happiness because we are so sure we don't deserve to do so. We focus down on the negative and lose sight of our ability to celebrate the positive.
And then you remind us.

Robert Shapiro said...

My friend,
I don't have to tell you, do I that very often comments like yours are the encouragement that you and I and others need to continue to produce material in the best possible way we can - to provide wisdom and honoring for those who read it and for those whom we hope to assist in some small way of our own.
Thank you for your continuing support.

Patrice said...

Dear Robert,
Loved this post...Waking up in the morning and looking at nature in front of our window I feel Paradise is just here, nothing more to look after. Cooking something good, drinking with friends,looking at the morning sky, buying something I like,...Angel in a toy shop...So many people think about healing others, healing the Earth, stopping war, praying for something else...

Robert Shapiro said...

Thank you for your illustration of the observation of simple pleasures. It is inspiring is it not and also as a pause in ones life to stop, take note, observe, feel, acknowledge, appreciate, and be.