By Jimmy Warden
Over the past 3 years, I have:
- Found more appreciation in small, daily events
- Gained more awareness of the joy I was missing out on in life
- Become more present, mentally
These changes have taught me a tremendous amount about what matters in life, and what doesn’t.
Plot twist: a lot of the things society programs us to care about aren’t that important.
So here are 3 tips for a life of acceptance, appreciation, and presence:
- Accept what you do as enough.
Society has taught us that “the grind” leads to all the glory.
Grinding yourself into dust leads to depression and burnout. I’ve experienced it firsthand in my job.
Newsflash: It’s not fun, and it’s far from glorious.
Since then, I’ve accepted what I do each day as enough. My joy and happiness have increased profoundly with that mindset change because I don’t feel the need to do a week’s worth of work in a day.
- Become aware of the beauty that surrounds you.
Beauty doesn’t have to be an extravagant painting or a size-zero supermodel.
It can be a curious cardinal nestling into a foliage-filled tree. It can be the laughter of a child walking hand-in-hand with their parents. It can be an elderly couple on a date.
Notice these occurrences. They happen more often than you think. These events will bring you the joy you’ve missed out on in the past. You’ll start to appreciate them. They’ll bring a genuine smile to your face.
- Absorb the moment
Immerse yourself in those little moments. Each one of them. They’ll bring you big memories.
Watch a sunset. As you watch it, notice what you think and feel. Look out over the horizon. Be with the sensations you’re experiencing. Your levels of presence and appreciation will increase exponentially.
The more you do these things, the more beautiful life becomes.