Everyone knows that it’s the little things in life that mean the most. But how many of us really appreciate those little things? Several years ago, I realized that I was trying to make life about all the big moments. I was focusing too much on having perfect holidays, and not enough on enjoying all the people around me. I was always stressed because nothing can ever turn out perfectly. I decided that wasn’t who I wanted to be.
Gradually, over the years, I’ve shifted my focus. Now, instead of having a magically decorated house for the holidays, I spend time making ornaments for our tree with my kids. Instead of spending the season shopping for gifts, I make gifts for people, or ask that we not exchange them at all, and instead just spend a day together enjoying each others company.
I find that now, even the smallest things can make my heart giddy. Things as simple as the wind howling during a storm, a smile from a stranger in passing, someone just thinking of me for no reason at all. Finding joy in each day has helped with the depression, and totally turned me around. I’m not the same person I was 10 years ago, and I’m glad for that!