‘Of all ridiculous things the most ridiculous seems to me, to be busy’ - Soren Kierkegaard
In the late 21st century, the cult of productivity and busy-ness has played out to be the core theme of human existence. Our obsession with doing more things, more quickly and squeezing in a little more juice from our already drained physical & mental faculties has led to a collective fatigue in the generation.
We acknowledge that we are indeed, too busy to spend the money that we earn, to quietly read a book in a sunlit corner, to play with our children, and just be, in general. Switching from one role to the next all the time and finishing lengthy to-do lists all day, everyday can be tiresome.
Any relief from these self inflicted maladies can only come from taking a moment and re-examining what we value the most. Sometimes all we need to do is take a pause, and breathe in the small delights that make this life worth living.
Some simple joys, that are so personal, yet so universal that we might miss that we experienced them, until explicitly spelled out. We hope, next time you experience this, you take a moment to let it sink in.
- A child smiling at you, eyes gleaming, when you’re travelling by public transport
- A hot cup of coffee on a cold winter evening, when you can feel every sip warming you up on the inside
- Grandparents picking up their grand kids from school, and asking about how their day went
- An unexpected compliment from a stranger, small kindnesses strangers do, like saying ‘bless you’ when you sneeze( a leftover from the Bubonic Plague, Don’t die, they’re saying)
- A dried flower, that you find in an old book, that managed to retain it’s fragrance
- The hum of birdsong in the morning, acting as the perfect alarm to wake you from a good night’s sleep
- Sitting by a stream of water and letting time, just pass you by
- A long walk in a garden, surrounded by creatures of the earth,
- The yellow- green color of trees in autumn, the sound of leaves crunching when people are walking over
- Stubborn bougainvilleas, that grow through the cracks of a wall, instantly adorning the space they occupy
- Sitting with friends and reliving the same old stories over a cup of tea
- Sharing small harmless gossips with your neighbours
- Discovering a new artist or a song, that just resonates with you instantly and you feel like you’ve known it all day