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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Seek Contentment in the Everyday

That's a funny word, "the everyday." Synonyms: the ordinary, the commonplace, the mundane.

More synonyms: the ho-hum, the dreary, the humdrum, the boring.

Look around you. You're probably in a familiar space: at your desk at work, or in your home. (A very few of you may be in net cafes in foreign climes; goodonya.)

For those in the humdrum: can't you see just how amazing everything is?

You are part of a sliver of humanity, of all the people that ever lived, who live like this. Modern human beings emerged 200,000 years ago (give or take). The widespread use of electricity is less than a hundred years old. Less than a third of those alive today are on our side of the "digital divide," with access to the internet.

You are one of the few. How cool is that?

Blessings without number!

And what about all the other stuff? The smell of coffee in the morning. The way the sunlight glances off of water. The sound of the wind in the trees. The feel of carpet under bare feet. The taste of strawberries.

Yup. There's so much joy to be found in the everyday. Pay attention to it.

You'll be happier.

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