Today as I write to you, I am enjoying an ice cream cone, sitting at a park in Atlanta, waiting for my husband to get out of a meeting for his film, “Confessions of a Prodigal Son.” It has been pretty amazing to get out of Los Angeles for a little while and put life into perspective.
As creative types and big dreamers, our high ideals are sometimes our biggest strength and biggest weakness. We set many goals, and it’s easy to get caught up in the “big priorities of life” such as: working hard, paying bills, social media, being successful, accomplishing dreams, and so on and so forth.
However, the little things are crucial to a joyful existence here on earth. As I sat outside waiting during Nathan’s meeting, my first thought was to try to get some “work done” in this down time. But then, I opened my eyes. I looked around this beautiful park. I realized I am in a place I very rarely get to be.
I opened my ears….listening to the sound of a fountain, and the laughter of children joyfully running through the water on this hot Georgia day. I overheard two little girls talking about how this was the “best day ever” because they had the “best ice cream ever”. Life is so simple as a child, as we don’t always seek huge accomplishments as our “highlights” or validity to the day. We find our joy in a sunny day, a fountain to play in, a hug from our mothers, and the best ice cream cone.
Naturally, I decided to give up on being productive, and instead, go get myself one of these tasty treats.
Life is short, friends. While our dreams and goals are so important, we don’t want to miss out on the goodness of each day by just looking forward to next year. Eat the ice cream, play in the fountain, laugh obnoxiously, get outside, walk in a park, and open your eyes to the beauty of this minute.