I can often forget to find joy in the little things. We will be playing outside and M.J. will say, “Mommy look, there’s a bird! There’s a squirrel!” I will think, Yeah, what’s the big deal? We see birds and squirrels every day. Today, I was thinking, when did I stop finding joy in the little things? When we become adults we can often forget to just stop and take in our surroundings. I’m very horrible at doing nothing and I know I’m not the only one. Especially in the United States we have a go-go-go mentality. I’m so thankful I have a toddler to help me remember to find joy in the little things.
While I was going for a walk last night I watched the sunset. I have always loved the sunset. Really, I love anything in the sky. But I was thinking about how I just take the beauty of the sunset for granted. Last night, I thanked God for its beauty. Some people may think it’s corny but I do believe watching the sunset (or just being in nature) helps with my depression. I love how amazing the sky can be. I also saw a puddle in our driveway. Before I had a child I would have not even thought twice about the puddle. But last night I remember how much M.J. loves jumping and playing in the puddles. I thought, this puddle really is beautiful.
“There’s always a reason to always choose joy. There’s something deeper that the world can’t destroy.” Smile by Sidewalk Prophets
This morning while I was going for a walk I stopped to take pictures of wildflowers I would normally just pass by. I also believe coming very close to ending my life has helped me remember to find joy in the little things. I am finding something to live for every day. Yesterday Dan and M.J. were watching the thunderstorm together and I felt like the luckiest person in the world watching them. It reminded me I always have something to live for. You also always have something to live for. I know when you are so low it doesn’t feel like there’s anything to live for but let me tell you there is.
Things to live for:
Nieces and Nephews
Your pet (s)
I’m guessing everyone reading this has at least one thing on this list to live for. If you don’t, remember there is always a reason to live. You matter. You will always matter.
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