Morning is my favorite time of the day. There is something special about the energy of a beginning. That is what morning is to me, a beginning. A few days ago I did what I normally do to start my day. I walked into the kitchen and opened the blinds on the windows that look out onto my patio. I enjoy watching the world around me wake up. That morning the azure sky shimmered with a vibrancy that authors write about when they want to convey happiness and joy.
I looked to the sky, slumped my shoulders and groaned. “Ugh!”
I could not focus on the beauty of the day. All I could see was the precursor to more extreme heat. Another day with a temperature above 100 degrees was in the making. I looked at the sky longing to see anything that could remotely resemble a rain cloud, but it was not to be that morning. In my mind I grumbled.
“I can’t stand this heat.”
“When will it end.”
I continued to bemoan the weather as I turned my attention to breakfast. More random thoughts flew through my mind.
“A break from this heat would be wonderful.”
“Maybe I can arrange a long weekend to California?”
“Many people went to bed last night who did not wake up this morning. They would have loved to have endured the heat to be able to see another day.”
I did not expect that last thought, but it got my attention. Those words stopped the chatter in my mind and made me pause. I reflected on the truth of what I had just heard. In an instant my aggravation shifted to appreciation. I had been given another day. A day that I could spend complaining about the heat and other annoyances, or a day that I could enjoy and use to make a positive difference.
Of course there are things that we should be irritated by. Things that we will want or need to argue or fight for, but much of what we encounter as we go through a day is small stuff. Stuff that really does not matter. Stuff that is not worth our time and energy.
“Making a mountain out of a molehill” is a saying used when we make more out of something than we should. Are you making more out of something than you should? Are you making a mountain out of a molehill?
We all have the ability to decide whether to make a big deal out of the small stuff, or to simply let it pass. Life is precious. Let’s not waste it on the small stuff.
“I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.” – Denis Waitley
See. Live. Enjoy.