Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Little Things

Having been so busy with my job for almost 2 years taught me a lot. I'm generally a hard working person. I don't shy away from long hours or hard tasks. However, working such long hours and being so busy for so long taught me a few new lessons in life. Well, maybe it didn't teach me all of them, but it surely reminded me of a few things I had forgotten.

The little things in life are just as, if not more, important as the big things. So having that fresh, ripe red tomato sliced on a bread with salt and pepper during the peak growing season is a beautiful moment. Slicing into that first watermelon of the summer or going to that couples event you thought might be interesting are both important events. Just as important as having a good job or a clean home.

I missed so many of those moments and it didn't make me happy. I look forward to being able to go to the local produce market, take daily walks with my husband and be able to sit down and watch a movie with my family. I haven't had the ability to do any of those things for the last 2 years. Little things I took for granted for far too long. Of course the list could go on and on but I know you get the idea.

My short term goals now that I have the new job are to first get some rest. I need to let my body catch up and adjust to the new schedule and learn the new work. Once that's done, my home is long overdue for a so-called Spring cleaning. At some point while I'm getting settled in and cleaned up, I will start the evening walks, cooking breakfast at home and go back to baking and cooking meals in the evening sometimes.

Of course, I can't take over cooking. Hubby has taken a liking to creating masterpieces in the kitchen and I know it makes him feel good to get the attention when people tell him how good his food is. I plan to cook with him and help him learn even more skills so he can further advance himself.

There is so much beauty in every day life. Little moments that we miss or don't appreciate slip by all the time. In America, I blame Hollywood for the illusions of grandeur we expect. Precious moments are down-played because they're not big enough or bold enough to measure up to the standard we saw in a movie.

I think this is one of the things that attracted me to my husband. He celebrates tiny things in life that I had never thought mattered. He acknowledges things I always felt unappreciated for before I met him. I found that hard to react to in the beginning of our relationship. It felt odd to me for someone to tell me in such an enthusiastic manner how much they appreciated something small I had done or to make a big fuss over something I did well. Before my husband, I think the last person to act this way over me was my Nanny (grandmother).

I like that kind of attention. I look forward to both giving and receiving it much more now that I'm going to be home most of the time. I look forward to surprises in my lunch box and random text messages asking me to pick up things on my way home. It feels like a whole new chapter of my life is beginning and it's great.

1 comment:

  1. Alexandra MadhavanAugust 22, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Awwwww that is so nice! So happy for you. It is true that the little moments count, and also just being present and relaxing with family.