“The smell of wood fire on a cold misty morning, as the clouds sit upon the landscape and a hot cup of coffee warms my hands – reminds me that the best moments in life are simple, and the best moments in life are free”

We live in such a fast paced and busy society. We’re constantly bombarded with information. We work long hours and materially we’re always striving for more and more. It’s not hard for us to get caught up in this whirlwind, and to miss out on the simple enjoyments life can bring – often from the smallest things that we take for granted.

That feeling of being present

For me personally, I know how easy it is just to get lost in my own mind. Thinking about work, family, chores, fiddling with my phone, then my computer, then back to my phone. Ultimately just lost deep in thought about one thing or another. Every now and then I feel the need to consciously look down at my hands and tell my self “you are here.” To make my self feel present. To take a look around, and to use my senses to take it all in – the sounds, the smells. Then in that moment to feel gratitude for where I am, for the air I am breathing, for the life that I have.

Enjoy lifes scenery

Undeniably,  it is important to work, and to strive to reach our goals, dreams and aspirations. But it’s also important to recognise that achieving them is a journey, not a race, and that it’s important to stop and enjoy the scenery along the way. We can put a price on material assets such as a house, a car, an investment, but beautiful moments are priceless assets, they leave a permanent impression on our soul and the souls of those around.

A personal growth challenge

If you are up for a little challenge, I encourage you to take a few moments to think of just 5 really simple things that you are grateful for. Then, the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, or like life is not working in your favour; close your eyes, contemplate one of these moments and let your heart feel overcome with gratitude. Then remember, that it’s these small things, that are really the big things, that make life an amazing journey!

Before I go I’m going to share with you 5 of my own:

  • The sound of my children’s laughter
  • The strength in my husbands embrace
  • The sound of birds chirping at the crack of dawn
  • The sound of rain
  • The smell of wood fire on a cold misty morning


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