It’s an amazing truth that you never truly appreciate something until its gone.
It’s a common saying, one that people like to throw out whenever they’re feeling sentimental about some old memory. However, this saying is absolutely true.
Life is full of small pleasures. People take them for granted. They forget to pay attention to these small things we’re so used to until they’re gone—or worse, always there, yet no longer special.
Sometimes, though, we forget what’s important. We don’t take the time to appreciate those around us.
We forget to care and love. We burn our bridges, cut our friends and family out of our lives, but we never realize that it’s a minor thing that is destroying all these people.
Until it’s too late. If you don’t take the time to remember your past loves and close friends, they’ll always be around to remind you how much you miss them.
How to appreciate what we have now
I don’t always appreciate the little things, but I’m slowly learning and growing from them.
If you’re in a good place mentally, emotionally, spiritually—you should know that there is always something good in your life.
It’s just up to you to see it. And even when you’re walking through the city, looking at every single person around you and realizing what you have in your own life—it can be easy to take it for granted.
This is why we have to remind ourselves of what we have. Sometimes, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day and lose sight of what is important.
Have you ever tried practising gratitude?
Gratitude is the act of giving thanks and appreciation to those who have contributed to your life; it is the only way you will grow as a person.
If, instead of being grateful for what you already have, you’re trying to find things wrong with your life and fix them—you’ll always be looking for what’s missing and searching through your life. And even if you would be content with what you had, it’s hard not to let go of something that we didn’t have before.
When you practise gratitude, though, you’ll begin to realize that there’s always something good.
You can always make the best of your situation. You can be happy with what you have now.
How to find the good
When you start to feel down, try to look back at your life, to find the good.
It’s not always easy, but when you find it, hold onto it and never let go.
Take the time to appreciate what you have right now. Find happiness in small things—the smell of a flower, a nice cup of tea or coffee, the sound of thunder outside your window, even a beautiful sunset.
When you find the small things that make you happy, hold onto them.
You never know when they will be gone, when you’ll be missing them and wishing you were still enjoying that nice cup of coffee or that sunset.
It’s easy to give in to the negativity and unhappiness in life, but we shouldn’t fall into this trap. We shouldn’t forget about all the good things we have in our life because of a few bad days.
We should always find the good in life. We should always be trying to appreciate what we have, especially those small things that give us joy, no matter how big or small they are.
How to enjoy these little moments in life
When you find yourself with a few free minutes, sit down and close your eyes. Picture your life, all the little things that you have in your life, those small moments that make you feel joy, happiness or contentment.
Imagine yourself saying “yes” to every opportunity that comes by. You are smiling, happy and genuinely grateful for what you have in your life. You are so grateful for the small things and happy with the way everything is going in your life right now.
Don’t drift off when you close your eyes because finding happiness with the little things is not easy—it takes time and effort.
The worst thing that you can do is take your life for granted. If you don’t appreciate what you have, you’ll never be truly happy—you’ll always think that there could be something better out there; something more to your life. You’ll always allow the negative to get the best of you.
Instead, discover the good in your life and surround yourself with positive-minded people. Start appreciating the small things in life. You’ll laugh more, you’ll smile more, and you’ll be happier—all because you’re taking the time to appreciate every little thing.