The little big things

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I’ve been thinking lately about the role of pleasure in a life of pain.  Get your mind out of the gutter, please – this is not any kind of reference to 50 Shades of Grey or whatever other filth just came to your mind.

I’m talking about the little smile-inducing, endorphin-releasing pleasures of everyday life that can so easily get forgotten when your focus is on what’s wrong.

For me, it’s taking in the gorgeous smell of ginseng in my face moisturiser, seeing fresh flowers on the table, the smell of freshly-brewed coffee and warm croissants filling my apartment, feeling sunshine on my face during those few minutes of the afternoon that it passes my way, painting my toenails a crazy pink… all these little things make me smile.

Each one gives me a little ‘lift’.

And when all these little things add up, maybe it’s the little things that are actually the big things.

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2 thoughts on “The little big things

  1. Otter says:

    My favorite coping mechanism is distraction. But it works it’s best when that distraction turns into a moment, or moments, of pleasure. For me it is most often a board game played with my children and husband. I forget the pain in the midst of their laughter.

  2. Free Monkey says:

    It’s a sensory thing too for me too, I’m very sensitive to my environment so try to minimise noxious stimuli as much as possible. My place isn’t the nicest so I mask sounds and smells with nicer ones. I make my meals proper sit down meals where I can appreciate what I’m eating, I like the ritual of it, it helps slow me down and focus me, don’t think people do that enough any more.

    I love flowers, the ones that smell though not the store bought, my grandmother used to have quite a garden (on a big property so it was almost like grounds) and she always had fresh cut flowers from it in the house, I’d love to have a fragrant garden. I also love swimming in the ocean, the salt water is so healing.

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