We live life somewhere between average and ordinary, so we can’t help but praise and appreciate the simple things done really, really well, like turning a pre-flight safety speech into rapping entertainment.
The more we consume, the less satisfied we feel. We often feel bogged down by the regular, run-of-the-mill experiences like skiing on the bunny hill. But if we could recall feeling the simple joy of living something for the first time, we’d fill the void we try to fill with more, and more-extraordinary experiences.
Small choices can carry big consequences. Even routine, run-of-the-mill decisions can snowball into much more significant outcomes. It’s plain to see that something major like signing a mortgage or proposing marriage will alter the course of your life. On the other hand, nobody thinks twice about lingering over a bowl of cereal. And, how could we? Life is simpler, and easier, when small decisions feel contained.
We all desire praise and we need the occasional, “You’re doing a great job,” so we all want to live life with the people who make us feel noticed, and valued. Just like the sea that sits below the streams around it, increasing in power and grandeur as the earth’s rivers are drawn toward it, we also gravitate to those who lower themselves.
Most of us avoid thinking about the big questions to life, let alone living out the answers. For good reason, too. They’re tough questions. Where did we come from? Why we are we here? Asking about “the meaning of life” feels too big of a subject to even approach, so we often don’t. Well, as we start 2019, here’s a story from 2018 that helped me find a richer life.
We all yearn for control in life, and we hate to feel we’re sliding out of control. But, we have to embrace the reality that when it comes to creating meaningful relationships, no plan is often the best plan. Memories and human connections are too brittle. They can’t be forced to fit our molds. They crumble under pressure.