All too often people take life, and all of the great things that it offers, for granted, realizing how much something means to them only after it is taken away. There’s a reason for this: It’s difficult to appreciate things in life because it’s difficult to picture yourself without them.
An example will help to explain this point more clearly. Imagine sitting at a table nearly 100 feet long. On the table are hundreds of different foods. Main courses, deserts, drinks and more cover every inch of the table. You are all alone, and all that the table offers is for you.
Now try to not take this food for granted. Try to appreciate it as if it will be gone tomorrow. It isn’t easy to do when there is so much in front of you. This example can be transferred to many things in life. People say live life to the fullest and appreciate every day you have. This is difficult for the majority of people because when you know you’ll be around for 40 more years, it’s hard to think of today as your last day.
The answer to appreciating life’s little things is called the “step back.” This quick system will help you appreciate your life and all that it offers. Moments filled with happiness and excitement will no longer be unappreciated and taken for granted.
Realize you are in the moment
The first step is to realize that you are in the middle of something good. It could be a beautiful day on your family vacation or a perfect afternoon with your children. You are the judge of what moments you’d like to appreciate.
It’s difficult to appreciate things in life because it’s difficult to picture yourself without them.
Take a step back
This is the main part of the system. Once you realize you are experiencing a moment you’d like to last forever, stop for a moment and take a step back. Take yourself away from the situation. Take a short walk, a quick break or simply close your eyes. Once you’re removed from the situation, think about it as if it happened in the past. Picture how happy you were, the details of the scene and the others around you. Feel the emotions you felt, see and hear the faces and sounds. Remember how much you enjoyed the time and how much you’d like to enjoy it again.
Make your re-entry
Once you feel the happiness of the moment, think about this: It’s no longer in the past, it’s right now! You just thought about how great you felt in that past moment, and you can live it in the present—now.
This will be a moment that, like all others, will eventually pass. With this in mind, really let it sink in. Take a look around and realize you are in the middle of something great. Taking a step back every now and then will help you appreciate life. You’ll make happy moments happier, and you will make them last forever.
Jason Gracia specializes in helping individuals enjoy happier and more successful lives. You may reach him and get a free Motivation123 idea kit through his website at www.motivation123.com.