The state of our health is the reflection of all the little meals and snacks that we consume throughout the day and how we react to different situations; the status of our bank account is the reflection of all the seemingly insignificant financial choices we make on a daily basis; the way our bedroom closet looks is the result of how we put away our clothes when we get home from work; the way our kitchen looks reflects how we handle our dishes after finishing a meal, and the ones whom we call our friends are the reflection of every little connection we have made.
While the mind tends to focus on some big events that have not yet happened and that which has already passed, it’s the little things that we do daily that ultimately shape our life experience: the small tasks that we engage in, the small projects that we undertake, what may seem like non-important decisions that we make, even the most routine day-to-day activities such as driving a car or writing an email. The quality of our life is determined by the attention we give to those little things and our present situation shows how much care we have put into them.
Our inability to remain present during an activity is due to the fact that we often do things on “autopilot”. The “autopilot” mode has created a great disconnect between our body, mind, and soul. When we are divided in such a way it is quite difficult to find happiness in what we do, which in turn causes us to do a mediocre job at best, and/or make choices that are most likely to have a negative impact on our life.
Happiness is a holistic state that is experienced when our soul, mind, and body are fully merged and work as one unit. In that state, activities are performed with full awareness and great attention. When we are completely present during whatever it is that we are doing, our actions are more likely to bring results that are a reflection of our inner greatness.
Wouldn’t it be beautiful if we were fully present in the task at hand, giving it our complete, undivided attention? Imagine how different our life would be had we given our best to even the smallest task that we have ever engaged in.
Whatever it is that you will be undertaking next, whether it is making a grocery shopping list, preparing a meal, doing laundry, or watering a plant, focus your attention on the movements of your hands, wrists, arms, and torso. Recognize the connection between your body, mind, and soul. Allow your mind to remain still and emerged in the flow of your body’s movements. Through such practice you will find beauty in even the smallest of tasks and therefore, perform them with great attention and joy.
Remember, it’s the small things in life that matter most.