Many years ago; I hosted a bridal shower luncheon for the daughter of my friend, Lou Anne. After our yummy Waldorf chicken salad lunch and the opening of gifts, we lingered over dessert and a glass of wine. Then going around the table we gave the bride-to-be our best marital advice. One suggestion that stuck with me was, “Celebrate the little things.” The big things take care of themselves, but we need to remember to sometimes honor the everyday. It’s a simple concept that often falls by the wayside in our busy lives.
- Take a walk in your local park or just around the block. With all the blooming flowers right now, it’s a treat to round a corner and be greeted by the sight and smell of lilacs or peonies.
- When checking your email in the morning, take a couple of moments to send a quick “good morning” email to a friend or relative. It perks up my day when sifting through my emails from every advertiser on the earth to find a welcome personal message.
- Buy yourself some flowers for no reason. Or go out in your yard and cut a stem or two if that’s an option for you.
- Surprise your family with fresh pancakes, waffles, or your family’s favorite breakfast on a weekday.
- Give a card or note in recognition of a small success, no cavities at a dental checkup, meeting your workout goal, or perfect attendance record. What may seem a small success to some of us, may be huge to someone else.
- When spending the day doing errands or knocking items off your to-do list, take a moment and stop in a favorite cafe or coffee shop and savor a lovely cup of coffee or tea.
- Use the good stuff. Whether its a special face cream, exquisite candle, or decadent chocolate, there is no need to always save for a special occasion. You can make any day special with a little indulgence.
- Pop by to surprise a friend with a small treat, particularly an elder who may find it difficult to get out. Perhaps a muffin, a flower or even just a visit to brighten their day.
- Take a walk at night with loved ones or alone to admire the moon and search for constellations. My grandchildren have delighted in spotting the Big Dipper.
- Set a beautiful table with your favorite dishes and feast on a meal accompanied with good conversation. Ditch the electronic devises and connect with each other.
These are just a few ideas. If you have discovered other ways to make a simple day special, I’d love to have you share.
C’est la vie.