Each day is filled with little moments.
Playing “catch” with a soccer ball with my son in the back yard in the cool fall air, both of us bundled up and kicking a ball back and forth.
Smelling freshly-made scrambled eggs with tarragon and salt and pepper on top.
Listening to a thought-provoking program on the radio.
Going on a long mid-afternoon walk in the park and admiring the fall colors.
Having a “who can blink last” contest with my daughter where we both keep smiling at each other to try to convince the other to blink.
Sitting in my favorite chair with an interesting book from the library on my lap.
Holding my wife’s hand for a little while as we begin to drift off to sleep.
It’s easy to look back on our lives and think about the “big” moments, when we got some item that we’d wanted for a long time or went on that great vacation.
In the end, though, it’s these little moments that make the day in and day out rhythm of life bearable. It’s the people around you. It’s the tiny pleasures that make the ordinary wonderful.
These moments are always there, but it’s easy to miss them when we’re preoccupied with our overflowing to-do lists and our worries and our desires. We keep seeking something better when we’ve already got it really good to begin with.
Instead of striving to have this great life that you imagine that you might be able to have if you just squeeze in one more activity or spend one more extra hour at work, instead look at all of the wonderful things you already have. They’re found in the little moments that fill your days.
When you start seeing how much life already has to give you, it begins to feel unnecessary to chase more and more and more. Instead, you begin to want less and less and less, and the financial independence you’re seeking becomes much easier to achieve.
It’s all about those little moments, in the end. They’re more than enough, if you allow them to be.