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“Forever is composed of now.” - Emily Dickinson
Do you ever feel the breeze flowing across your face on a calm fall day and just enjoy it for what it is? I do. When I feel something as simple as the wind brush across me I am often reminded of how the simple niceties of everyday life are lost with the passage of time.
With every waking moment, we have that passes there is something to appreciate that then leaves us in an instant. From the delicious taste of our dinner to the sweet dessert we appreciate at the moment and is gone almost immediately there are so many examples of this happening to us.
The sensations and feelings we have in our life that make us human are often lost to the breeze that is life. Things happen, we experience them, and almost instantly we forget how great they were until a similarly nice experience comes along to replace it. This is often why we are slaves to our phones and the constant dopamine hits they give us with social media.
In your day-to-day life, however, I would recommend you try and find things similar to that of the dopamine hits you experience by scrolling through Instagram or TikTok. The harder-to-appreciate but equally present pleasantries of our daily lives may just bring you more sustained fulfillment in comparison. I for one love the taste of my morning coffee and the silence that an early rise gives me.
When I’m awake at 4 AM I know there will be nobody to bother me for at least 2 to 3 hours and that is one of the best things in my day I seldom forget to appreciate. While it may be much more abstract it is as equally impactful on me as that of a funny corgi post on Instagram.
By learning to appreciate the small things in my daily life I feel less of a need to go on social media and mindlessly scroll. Instead, I find value in deeper kinds of content consumption like reading and listening to podcasts. The longer those “breezes” of enjoyment can be the better they are in my opinion and the longer they will linger.
I much prefer the enjoyment of a piece of long-form content now because I can not only enjoy it at the moment but also reflect upon the way it impacted me for hopefully years to come. Some of my favorite books from the past year still impact me on a daily basis and I know I love to randomly quote podcasts to my friends as well. Give me Marcus Aurelius and Seneca quotes over any meme I’ve ever seen. Those will never be lost to the breeze.
Have an awesome week!
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