I've been spending a lot of time lately just appreciating the simple things. As I'm writing this, I remember something I wrote one day in September as I was sitting out on the deck:
Warm, sunny September afternoon, like juicy plum juice running down your chin. Makes you feel like lying down in a sunny patch for a nap. Even the sound of the wasps buzzing around the window is a friendly, lazy sound. I want to close my eyes and hold onto the sound and the warmth, keeping it for a little longer. I feel a sense of urgency to drink in every moment like this, knowing these days are numbered. A small shower overnight has brought forth the perfume of the fall leaves and it is intoxicating. The cat lies in the sun, eyes closed, yet I know he is not sleeping – the soft rumble coming from deep inside his chest is a dead giveaway. This is how I feel about my life right now. Every moment feels exquisite and I want to savor it and examine it, memorizing every aspect of it. So many people and things that are dear to me are at a turning point. For me, a sudden life-threatening illness this summer that could have been fatal really threw me off-balance for a while. I feel as though I've been granted a bonus and I need to use every moment wisely, the same way one would savor every bite in a box of gourmet chocolates.
Use your days wisely, be present, find ways to see the beauty in everything you do.