We suffer from hurry sickness and distraction disease in our culture. We are busy and we are bombarded. We rush through the day and miss most of the beauty of those moments.
ONE: Every day is a gift – seize hold of it. Don’t believe you are entitled to it. Therefore, do what the ancients said, “Carpe Diem” or seize the day. Be attentive, awake, and aware to all that happens. Notice, listen, discern, and respond to everything that is in your day. Be fully alive.
TWO: Remember that small things matter. In fact, small things make up most of the day, which is why we miss them. They are small things. We take them for granted. Our day consists of routines. We move through them on cruise control, going about things automatically and not intentionally. We take them for granted, until they are gone.
Like our health… until we are sick.
Like a friend… until she moves away.
Like a car… until it is in for service.
THREE: Be grateful – Christ is in every moment. Jesus tells us his Father is always at work, and that he too is working (John 5:17). In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:26). Every moment is full of the glory of God and the beauty of His life. Therefore, gratitude and wonder must be our daily (and minute by minute) response.
G.K. Chesterton is one of my favorite authors (from a previous century). He was a great influence on C.S. Lewis. Here are several of Chesterton’s thoughts on gratitude.
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought and that happiness is gratitude doubled by wonder.
When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.
You way grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing, and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.
And one more on happiness just for the fun of it:
Jesus promised his disciples three things – that they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy, and in constant trouble.
The daily habit of gratefulness for the little things will make a great deal of difference in the amount of satisfaction and happiness you experience.