No matter how old we are, there are several things that we get to enjoy. It is this enjoyment that is the key to a happy life. If you can appreciate the following, you’ll be set for life!
Each Sunrise. Whether its sunny, cloudy, rainy, snowy, extremely hot or extremely cold, every morning that we wake up and can be grateful for another day is a good day! These mornings become sweeter as we grow older, and therefore probably elicit more appreciation.
Beautiful weather. Over and beyond being grateful for waking up this morning, the weather outside is something to enjoy. Interestingly enough, it’s not necessary for the day to be sunny, with blue skies and a nice little breeze to be beautiful. In fact, when everyday is sunny, it gets kind of boring. Having lived in New England for 30 years, I know the truth of “If you don’t like the weather here, just wait 10 minutes and it will change”. To me, that’s the most perfect weather of all, when it changes frequently and I get to experience a ton of different atmospheric conditions.
Family. While we might not always enjoy our family when we are younger, most adults enjoy their family relationships. Whether it’s our birth family or our own family, there are many experiences we can share only with those closest to us. To paraphrase an old proverb, “No man is a hero to his family”. This is an added benefit as we can ‘be ourselves’ with family as we can’t be with anyone else.
Good people/friends. Most of us have communities of varying sizes. Because it is a personal preference, it may be one or two very close friends up to large numbers of groups we surround ourselves with. It all depends on where we feel comfortable. The important thing is to enjoy whatever relationships we have. If we don’t, the best gift we can give ourselves is to let go of non-productive or constantly negative relationships.
Sense of humor. A sense of humor is something we all have, although there is quite a range in exactly what that means to each of us. Again, the important thing is to have opportunities to laugh, chuckle, howl, grin or smile on a regular basis.
A deep relationship with God. Our spiritual life is an important piece of our daily enjoyment. Again, I don’t believe there is a ‘right’ religion or spiritual practice, as long as you have some deep bond with a source bigger and/or greater than yourself.
The drama of life. Being able to take several steps back and look at life as an uninterested bystander has its perks. Seeing the big picture allows one to realize how human nature works and to notice repeatable patterns. It’s another great way to stand back and enjoy the drama that we call life.
Good health. As many say, “without your health, you have nothing”. Do what you need to do so that you can enjoy your life with the energy and vitality that keeps it that way!