If you need to bring more meaning into your life in support of your mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being and self-care, perhaps "small is beautiful" can be your mantra for a while. And we all know that mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being also impact your physical well-being.
Look Right in Front of Your Nose
Meaning is relative, and you can give meaning to anything you choose. The things right in front of your nose can be very meaningful---and perhaps even life-changing---if you take the time to notice them. If you witnessed the following small things, could they hold meaning and value for you?
Yes, some of these things are small (the bee on the flower, for instance), but can taking the time to notice the bee, appreciate its value in pollinating the flower, and really taking in that experience benefit you in some way? You may simply marvel at the work of the bee, or you may fall into a pleasant childhood memory of your father telling you a story about a make-believe bumblebee. Whatever it is, your focus on that one small thing can open up a world of possibility, humor, joy, wonder, and perhaps even healing.
Look Beyond Your Nose, Too
The small, beautiful things may find you when you're parking your car, paying a toll, writing a check, looking the pharmacy cashier in the eye and laughing with her over a silly joke, or sitting on the toilet.
It sometimes seems that we humans need something profound to strike us on the head in order for us to wake up and notice that we're alive---or that others are alive, too. But we don't need a calamity, an illness, the flu, a death, or a car accident to wake us up. We just have to stay awake.
When you're driving down the road and arrive at your destination with no consciousness of how you got there, you're asleep at the wheel of life; you missed it all and were on auto-pilot during that trip. When you spend time with your kids but are distracted by your smart phone, you're missing out there, too.
When you wake up to the small things, to the little miracles that surround you, you're uplifted on many levels---spiritually, emotionally, and physically---and the impact on your health and your well-being is immeasurable.
So, look right in front of your nose, look beyond your nose, look into the distance, and see the small things that have the power to lift you up and imbue your life with meaning.