Joy in the Mundane
Updated: Feb 7, 2018
Maybe we don't need to change everything in our life to love and enjoy it. Maybe it's possible to find joy right where we are today (no matter where that is).
I had the awesome privilege of getting to visit some family in Maui over Thanksgiving. I was so blown away by the beauty and agriculture that Maui holds. As we explored the island after arriving, I couldn't even believe how clear the blue water was, how green the mountains were, and don't even get me started on the amazing trees there (I'm a lover of trees). Not to mention that I saw more rainbows that week than I have in my entire life living in Minnesota. Seriously.
On our last day in Maui, I was sitting in this adorable and very tropical outdoor coffee shop when I realized that I had, in someways, become used to the beauty around me. Not that I couldn't see it was beautiful, but that it wasn't AS breathtaking as it was when I first got there because I become desensitized to it. It really made me think about how we as humans often do this in all aspects of life. Here is what I mean:
I often hear people say they want to get a new job, one they would love more, one that would make them want to get out of bed in the morning. Other's say they want to travel so they can fall in love with a new culture, and see new and beautiful sights. I have found myself a billion times saying, "once I get this or once I do that, then I will be happy, then I will feel better." We want to experience things that excite us, that expand our mind and our hearts. We want more. And there is nothing wrong with wanting that.
The thing is though, these new and exciting things in life can become mundane too. When we aren't noticing and aware of the little things, the beauty, the miracles around us, it will always all become mundane.
With this in mind, I believe it's possible to ignite a new spark of wonder and awe in your heart even in your daily, ordinary life.. if you just look around.
Maybe you are a stay at home parent with spit up in your hair and pain in your foot from stepping on another lego. Maybe you are working in a cubicle doing a job you are less than thrilled about with some coworkers you are also less than thrilled about. Maybe you are just bored with life and feel like there is more out there for you, a bigger calling.
Before you decide you need to change everything in your life in order to be happy, try finding gratitude in what is around you today. Maybe it's your child's laughter, the touch of a loved one, your weird coworker's jokes, the uniqueness of each snowflake falling, the awesome invention of the car you are driving, the way your mind works and allows you to accomplish things and have conversation, the taste of food or maybe it's just the reminder that your heart has been beating every second of your whole life, keeping you alive. Look at the small details in your day. Examine them. Let yourself see the incredibleness and little miracles that make up each of your days on this earth.
This isn't to say you shouldn't go after your dreams. I'm a big fan of dream chasing! But don't ignore the beauty and magic around you today. Don't let precious moments pass you by without getting to experience them because you are too caught up in wanting things to be different. You don't necessarily need a new job, a new place to live or different circumstances to be happy right NOW. Start by seeing your world differently. Allow your senses to scan for amazing things around you, even in the mundane. You might just be surprised by how much more gratitude and joy your day holds.
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