I’ve recently discovered that if I had a skill, and if I can call it a skill, it would be my ability to recite a motivational quote for most occasions in life. Stress, work, travel, happiness, love. You name it and I’ll probably annoy you with a cliché quote. Or a Someecard.
I find something so comforting about hearing the words of wisdom from those who have lived before me, knowing that they have experienced what I’m going through, and I like to pass on such wisdom because they can say what I can’t.
Despite my love of quotes, I realised that I didn’t actually understand some of the sayings I frequently heard while growing up. Sure I could deliver some of Gandhi’s words as though they were my own, but I didn’t understand them on a deep level.
I don’t know if the song or saying came first, but I often heard “the best things in life are free” when I was younger and I’m sure I would have thought “no they’re not!” or “point me to the nearest place handing out free lollies”.
I have learnt to have such love and appreciation for my life that it’s bursting out of me. Gratitude makes what I have enough and by focusing on the little things, I’ve found that they are some of the things that bring me the greatest happiness. And like I had heard all those years ago, they usually are free.
While I’ve progressed from free lollies and now wouldn’t turn down a holiday, I find that snow capped mountains, hearing kids laugh, a walk to work with blue skies or holding hands with a loved one make me smile from the inside out. It warms my heart like no material possession could.
I don’t know whether it’s fact that a lot of the things that are free in life are provided by Mother Nature with no involvement or manufacturing from us, or the fact they don’t cost a cent, but I love that every day we are given something to enjoy no matter our bank balance or possessions. And I take time to focus on that.
Some of the free things in life that provide me deep contentment and make my heart sing include;
- Hugs from loved ones
- Seeing my (family) dog when I visit my family
- The beach
- A nice walk
- Surprise letters packed in my lunch from my husband
- Seeing a butterfly
By focusing on what I have and being appreciative of (free) things such as a pretty moon, successive green pedestrian crossings or conversations with old friends, I find that I’m a happier person and can safely attest that money doesn’t buy happiness. Now that is a saying I understand.
What are the free things in life you love most?
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