I have always loathed summers. But this year, I’ve decided to pay as little attention to the heat as possible. I cannot afford to run the air-conditioner all the time (besides it isn’t healthy), so I am trying to figure out ways to remain cool, especially in the kitchen. A couple of days ago, I got a small wall fan fixed over the sink. Okay, that’s only a wee bit helpful, but what’s actually proving to be precious is random chats with friends and some peppy music. And before I know it, I’m through with the day’s cooking.
De-cluttering the mind isn’t as daunting as it first seemed. It’s a good thing that little things enthuse me, so all I need to do is learn to focus on those and ignore the rest. Just watching the birds in the morning, humming a song and appreciating the view from my window brighten up my mornings.
The little things are way more important than we are willing to concede. Reading a good book, writing (of course), a good movie or TV show, random conversations, a day out with friends, walking barefoot on grass, bird-gazing, star-gazing (nature-gazing, actually), getting creative in the kitchen, giggling at silly things, laughing uncontrollably until my cheeks are flushed and my stomach aches, dressing up even if it’s just to pick up groceries, hugging people, cuddling with loved ones….my list is long. If I’m happy, the world around me looks happy.
This past weekend I conducted a small survey. I asked my friends this simple question: What are the top 5 things that excite you? Some of them replied promptly, some took their time and the rest seemed floored by the question. Maybe some even dismissed it thinking: ‘She’s got nothing better to do!’
But hey, think about it. If you do not know what excites you anymore, it means that you have taken the focus away from you. And it’s not a good thing. It’s a new-age trend to splurge on expensive vacations or frequent mini holidays just to de-stress, but most people ignore the little things that can actually dilute the stresses of their daily lives.
In the words of Rhonda Byrne, author of ‘The Secret’, “Switch your focus to the things you love, the things that excite you, and then you’ll be on track to a really good life”.
Go on, give it a try. ; )