Little Moments of Remarkable

Face it. Our world can seem pretty mean and nasty. We can quickly get disillusioned about others, our world and life if we allow ourselves to only focus on what’s wrong, what’s unfair, what’s not going our way. But with some intention, we can train ourselves to focus on the good and the amazing, the little moments of remarkable that are always around us and ready to help us see the joy in life.

Challenge yourself to Stop and Notice

  • the colors and textures in a flower or a leaf. Notice the artwork in its creation. Notice if it’s large  or small, what colors it exudes (the brilliant reds, the screaming oranges, the soft whites, the gold and yellows, the cool greens). Every speck, every line and the variety of edges are works of art. Remarkable.
  • your child. Notice the color of their eyes, the wave of their hair and that their hands look like yours or your spouses. Notice the freckles, the laugh, the expressions, the walk. A human work in process. Remarkable.
  • the food at a grocery store. Notice the colors of the skins of the apples, pears, oranges, limes and lemons. Notice the shapes of the potatoes, onions and shallots. Notice the fragrance of the herbs and the strawberries. Notice the colors and shapes of dried beans, nuts and breads. Notice how much is available. Remarkable.
  • the sky and the constant changing show of light and dark, blue and black, clear and overcast. Notice the shape of a cloud and how it moves over you, casting a shadow as it goes. Notice the sunrise and the sunset, or the way the rays of the sunshine through a storm cloud. Notice the colors of an impromptu rainbow. Remarkable.
  • the sound of the rain as it hits a roof and how it splashes as it adds to a puddle. Notice the smell as a rain approaches and after it leaves. Notice the water that remains on the leaves of plants and the patterns it creates. Remarkable.

Your world, our world, is filled with little moments of remarkable. What is required is the intention and ability to notice. We can move past them, as many of us do, or we can interrupt our mindless approach to our lives and take the time to notice. These moments of remarkable are there for us to stay calm and happy – to bring joy to each of our moments, regardless of what the world sends.

Take Action
When you feel yourself getting irritated, frustrated or aggravated about something, remind yourself to stop and notice a little moment of remarkable. Just one. Focus on something right in front of you and really notice all of what makes it remarkable. This is how to shift your attention to the great and amazing things of life and away from only seeing the negative.

By Jay Forte

Consider reading The Value of Setbacks

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The Greatness in the Small Things

By Jay Forte, Coach, Author, Educator

Remember the song, “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music? The things listed in the song were small things, “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,” and “doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles.” Small things like these are the gifts we are given daily to make life’s moments greater, happier and richer.

But to appreciate and benefit from life’s moments, you have to stop and notice them.

Wherever you are at this exact moment, what are five small things you notice around you, and how do they add value to your life?

Here is my list:

  • I am at my desk, writing this blog, and out my window is a view of some of south Florida’s great plants, blooming at this exact moment.
  • I have a hand carved Buddha on the corner of my desk that keeps me company each day with a serene and kind face, reminding me to be the same.
  • I have pictures of my kids and grandson, and pictures of my siblings and me when we were kids, reminding me of some of the important people who fill my life with joy and opportunity.
  • I have notes to call clients back, which means I’m fortunate enough to have work to keep me busy.
  • I have a Starbucks cup that still has a little coffee left, which means I get a few more sips of one of my favorite drinks.

These five small things make my life better. But to benefit from them, I have to take the time to notice them, and when I do, they change my outlook. They change me from the inside out; life and work is better.

Isn’t it ironic that the small things don’t demand our attention, but they have so much to share with us? Maybe that is why we can so easily pass right over them. But it’s in the moment we start to notice them when we immediately see our lives become richer, bolder and better. These small things add value to each moment.

So what are the five small things around you? How does each of them help make this moment better? How do these same things keep you more focused and help you stop looking too far ahead, missing what is right in front of you?

Life is punctuated by big events and big things, but daily life is amplified by the small events and small things. In the aggregate, they add up to something amazing. Don’t miss them. All they require is for you to notice them, enjoy them and be better because of them.

Important Questions from a Coach:

  1. How will make time to stop and notice the small things in your life?
  2. How will you celebrate the small things in life?
  3. How will you share what you know about stopping and noticing the small things in life with the people you care most about?

Need help learning to focus on what’s right here, right now? Consider working with a coach to expand your mindfulness to be able to see and enjoy the things that fill each of your moments.

 

Consider reading Learn to See the Good.

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