About a week or so ago, while slicing up a mango, I was briefly brought back to my time in Madagascar. I started to reminisce about the joy and excitement our whole camp felt when we would show up to a meal to find a tray of ripe mangos sliced for dessert.
What a small, simple joy. I think that joy was only topped by the times we showed up to dinner with fried dough balls set out for dessert.
This got me thinking.
The joys of island life were so much smaller, simpler, and sweeter. The couple bites of juicy mango were enough to make us all smile (and fight for who got the dessert of the few who didn't like mango.)
Life gets so crazy. We get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We worry about making it to work on time, keeping up with the latest technology trends (perfect example: I'm writing this on my Mac book, while my iPhone is next to me and my Apple watch on my wrist. Talk about excess), We worry about balancing a social life, a personal life, a life we want to portray on social media.
All these thoughts rushing through my head while cutting up my snack made me think. What if we all slowed down? What if we all started to take some time daily to appreciate the small things like a freshly cut mango, cool, fresh drinking water, the feeling you get when you watch someone you love do something that makes them insanely happy, fresh cut flowers, the warmth of sunshine hitting your cheeks. What if we all took a little more time to show gratitude to the those around us and to the seemingly small things in our everyday life?
I think it would make for a lot more people living a lot happier lives.