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Acknowledging even the smallest of gestures sent forth into our experience is one of the most satisfying things you can do. We've all heard the saying "stop and smell the roses."

The Simple Things

I sat here trying to think of something profound and life-changing to write about today and ended up with nothing earth shaking, let alone anything that would  move you at all.  Then, I realized that the reason why was simple…I needed to recognize the the little things in my life as important.  Somehow that made complete sense for this Fortunate Friday.  Earth shaking?  Probably not.  Important? Yes.

Acknowledging even the smallest of gestures sent forth into our experience is one of the most satisfying things you can do.  We’ve all heard the saying “stop and smell the roses.”  Yes, this statement seems cliche, but do you really do it?  Do I really do it?  Not often.  I think we get too caught up in trying to make the “big” things happen that we forget about enjoying the small nuances of life.

Why do we let this happen?

It seems that as we age, everything changes; we choose to ignore the beauty and quirkiness of life and adopt a more sophisticated mentality.  We want to be smart and worldly, beautiful and charming, advanced and experienced -everything that is unlike a child.  Do you know what sophisticated really means?  It is defined as to alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive; to make less natural or innocent.  Simply stated, it’s just a whole lot of dung we allow to stick up our lives.  Does that sound like something that you want to do?  Not me.

The Child’s Example

If you have a small child around, try getting down on their level for just ten minutes and see what amazing wonders they find (and what trouble they get into).  My Missy Moo (toddler girl) was fascinated by a ladybug for way longer than I’ve ever been.  It nearly broke her heart to see it go.  A child’s outlook is one that we should strive for, even when we’re mature.  Better yet, try never losing it in the first place.

The Dying Woman’s Example

When my mother was dying of cancer, she was a different person than I’d remembered from growing up.  She had an innocent vibe that made her seem almost childlike.  Suddenly, the things that had been so important to her all those years were not worth her time. With sand sifting quickly through the hour glass of her life, she even managed to love herself more than she had ever done before the cancer struck.

Sharing a sundae or a walk in the park had become her new favorite past-times.  She laughed at the simplest knock-knock jokes told by my six-year-old.  She didn’t have to paint a masterpiece; her creative doodles that bordered her journal were good enough for her.

Try bringing yourself to a state of wonder again.  If even just for a few minutes a day.  Next Friday, I will share what experiences I had while in my “unsophisticated” way.  I hope you do, too!  Be well-be beautiful.

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About Kellie R. Stone

"I make no excuses for my diverse roles as a Rock Your Feminine Type Coach™ and Branding Expert, best-selling author, and crime thriller novelist. Yes, I do still chuckle a bit at the irony. I kick ass as a women’s biz coach by day and kill off vulnerable fiction characters at night. What the hell, it makes for some interesting dreams. I believe that everyone should pursue their passions no matter how out there they seem to be. One of those pure heart-fluttering passions for me has always been writing. Since I did, indeed, chase my dream of being a writer, I've published two non-fiction books in the self-development genre, co-authored an international best seller, and now I'm finally pushing my much-too-old-to-be-in-the-nest novel out the door and into the world. My whole world is empowering and I adore showing others how to live life unfiltered, whether I do that through the written word or my coaching work. I love my job!" ~Kellie R. Stone

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  1. This is so great. My son is the most beautiful, observant little man. He understands more at six years old than i did at sixteen : ) i love him so much. He is an amazing person and i love just hanging out with him. Unfortunately my husband and i both work full time jobs and i spend alot of my time feeling sad and guilty that i don’t spend enough time with him. I feel like i am missing out on his life and he won’t be little forever : ( i want to try to be more like him in the way he sees things. He loves nothing more than being at home with his family. He despises rushing. Loves to laugh. And most of all he is never anything but himself. We can all learn alot from child. All we have to do is take the time and take it all in.

    • I wish being childlike didn’t take so much effort. We really have to work at it daily. I think it helps when we have little ones around to show us the way. Enjoy all that special time with your son, Lisa.

  2. What a wonderful post. If we could only all live this way…ahhh, the hell with everybody else, I’ll live this way.

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