School of Thought: Enjoy the little things

Don’t sweat over the little things. In today’s society, this sentence is applied to almost every aspect of our lives. When we find ourselves worrying over the little things, many times we are told this in order to relax, and remember to focus on the big picture. I know that I have been told this, and I’m sure others have been fed this line as well. However, I can’t help but slightly disagree. If we are always focusing on the big picture, is it possible that we will miss the little joys in life?

This time of year, many of us are wishing winter’s cold weather away, and impatiently waiting for spring. So many of us desperately want winter’s harsh temperatures and snowfall to go away, and leave behind the warm breeze of spring. Groundhog Day eventually joins the movement of wishing away winter, and many of us start to believe since the groundhog didn’t see his shadow, our wishes will come true and spring will come. However, is winter really that bad? Many of us, including myself, forget to enjoy the little perks of winter. What about sitting by the fire, drinking hot tea, and reading a good book?

There are certain aspects of life that only take place during the winter. Once the weather changes, we are forced to put the skis away. If we miss the opportunity to build a snowman, we have no choice but to wait until next year. There are so many little things that are great parts of life that only can occur right now, and instead of wishing for the future, it’s a better use of time to enjoy the present.

Spring will come, eventually. And when it does, it will be thrilling and exciting. But until then, enjoy the season. Take in what winter has to offer, and enjoy the little things.

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