Sunday, September 30, 2012

The little things

I noticed something today, I really enjoy the little things. I love walking around campus and seeing nature all around me. It's amazing how something so simple as a tree can be so majestic. It fills me with such joy to see all the life around me. On the way to supper I saw a cat and walked over and spent a good 5 minutes just giving it attention. I think that cat loved every minute of the attention I gave it, and I loved being able to give the attention.

What if we started paying more attention to the little things in our lives? I think we would notice the beauty around us that we miss every day. What if we took the time to talk to those around us? I think there would be a lot more smiles on people's faces.

Here's my challenge for the week. Walk somewhere, pay attention to what's around you. And take time to talk to someone.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Perspective and Privilege.

There is something I have noticed in my short time in being alive. Nothing is stable. Nothing at all. Even the rocks chip and weather. Our lives can also be unstable, just like a brick of jello sitting on the table. A small bump can send it rocking and swaying. Relationships more often then not do not last for ever, and people leave our lives everyday.

All of life's bumps have had me moving like a jello brick in an old car on the worst road. I mean don't get me wrong, my life is great, but I apparently have had trouble handling the bumps. Recently I have been learning about perspective though.

Look at it this way, most of us look at things very selfishly. We look at the certain things that we loose in our lives and think that we needed them longer. We are sad that he/she/that object or whatever is gone. What if we looked at it in a new light. I recently read somewhere that when we go through a break up, instead of being sad that they are gone, be happy for the time you had with them.

I think that this can be applied to all aspects of our lives. I for one have been working on being less selfish and more people oriented. This is tough for me because I have been very materialistic in the past. But what if I started looking at everything in a way that I was happy for the privilege of getting to have that relationship, that friendship, that pet, that experience, that phone, that laptop, that whatever? I think that my attitude would greatly improve and instead of thinking about myself maybe I would be able to put others before me more then I already do.