I’ve been meaning to write this post for awhile. Over the past few months, I’ve actively been trying to slow down a little and pay attention to what’s going on around me. Living in NYC, you can bet that I’ve noticed a lot of pretty crazy things going on (that I would normally miss because I’m too busy rushing off somewhere), but I’ve also had the opportunity to see some pretty amazing, beautiful, peaceful things. It’s made me appreciate my life more and more every day. Here are a few of my favorite recent discoveries and new found appreciations:
- I get to see the Statue of Liberty every day on my train ride to work over the Manhattan Bridge. The Statue of Liberty is an internationally recognized National Monument. What?? How many people can say they get to look at something this beautiful and amazing every day? Not many. Indeed something to appreciate.
- Talents on the Subway/Subway platform. How often have I rushed by these people, not paying the slightest bit of attention, but rather thinking about how annoying and in the way they are. Well, guess what? Some of them are actually pretty talented. Sometimes it is a treat to be able to see and hear. There are definitely times I still get annoyed, but I’m also really appreciating the multitude of talents this crazy city has to offer
- My most amazing, eclectic neighborhood. I live in Brooklyn. There are times on a Sunday afternoon when I’m sitting there with my window open enjoying my coffee, and some beautiful Jazz music starts floating through my window. It is gives me a heartwarming feeling for my neighborhood, and a real sense of a great community.
- Parks! These amazing seas of green amidst this hectic concrete jungle just give me an overwhelming sense of peace. And random groups of people throwing a frisbee, sledding down a hill, playing a sport or game or simply lounging around together, just make me feel happy.
I’m sure there are many other things that I’ve learned to enjoy about this amazing city, but I don’t want to drone on and on. The point is, that taking some time to slow down a little, has led to some amazing discoveries and a renewed sense of peace that I often crave in this crazy city. So, hold your roll a little bit and learn to appreciate some things you might not otherwise recognize (even if you don’t live in NY, I’m sure you’ll be surprised at what you notice). It has definitely made me smile more than a few times.