A look at what we sometimes take for granted in our lives and how to appreciate the little things in life.
Saturday. The first day out on our first adventure for Enhance Magazine. My team members are excited, chatting animatedly with each other, anxious for what the day would hold. We are all headed to the Biltmore House and Gardens in Asheville, NC. In a bit of an excited trance myself, I am trying to find my balance between being what is expected of me and the excited child screaming to get out. Later that day, I thought about that moment that stood out the most, the memory I will always remember from a place I had wanted to visit for the last fourteen years — much to my surprise, it wasn’t the details of the elegant mansion, the winery, or even the gardens. It was a simple moment of a group picture we took. The smiles on all my team members’ faces. Knowing their excitement and joy. It was the one thing that I never knew would exist in my fourteen years of waiting.
This, in summary, what we all know but often forget: happiness can be found in the simplest of joys. I momentarily felt bad for all those people who spend money to roam around the grounds only to not have their dream vacation memories be what they expected, but then thought of my experience. I didn’t realize I would forever remember Stephanie’s face as she saw the Biltmore House for the first time, or the kindness of Tiffiny, as she traded me shoes (because I definitely didn’t think that one through very well… lol), or just simply knowing that Daltyn and Thomas (brothers, and two of my children) would get to experience a place I dreamt of going, together.
With moments like these, why then do we push ourselves to seek out the quintessential present or experience? I mean, think about it — with the holidays just wrapping up and our stress levels winding down, what perfect gifts did you give or receive? Do you remember, honestly? Chances are, you don’t! Okay, so maybe you do for this year, but what about three years ago? Do you remember every gift you received? However, I’ll bet you do remember the holiday. Maybe the elegance of the tree lights, or that a particular family member came to visit, or a simple moment such as sitting at the table. Maybe the memory is of something fun you experienced that year, or the way a particular movie left you feeling.
My point is that it’s not the hyped up things that provide an impact on all of us; often, it is the blissful moments and simple significant joys that impact us for life. It’s those moments that catch our time and attention away from all other things. Those things that make us smile and love who we are. Often the most blissful parts of our lives don’t come from big events; instead, they come in the form of simple moments. What seemingly insignificant occurrences have had the most joyful impact on your life?
— x. Tonya A.
Featured in our photo is one of our amazing photographers: Maddie Vogelsmeier
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