This past Valentines day my husband and I took a trip to Paris, France. There was so much to see and experience, we were in sensory overload. Multiple languages flittering overhead, unnamed/unknown smells that mystified our noses, colorful palettes of food (especially pastries) that had our eyes smiling and architectural wonders that had the right and left sides of our brains grasping for air! In other words, it was altogether everything and more than we expected.
We soon learned to forgo meals at the hotel which was made to accommodate our western tastes, and strike out into the city and stop at one of the bakeries where every food is made from scratch and is gloriously colored in hues as bright and magnetic as a field of sunflowers. Sometimes, we would find a small storefront with the requisite tables out front and have breakfast as different from a Southern meal as you could envision. We might order a baguette with a scrambled egg and a cup of fresh fruit. Often, we would be given water. Not from a plastic earth killing bottle, nor a plain glass container, but a shapely carafe with a leaf or two of mint. I was always intrigued by this presentation. Why not just put a pitcher of water on the table? Or use any of the myriads of available nondescript and probably inexpensive(cheap) glasses that are most often seen on dinner tables at some of the most expensive eateries here in America? Why a pleasing vase with sprigs of mint? Why go to all that trouble?
Boomer wisdom has come to realize that it is the little things that make this journey beautiful. Look at this creation. God could have just slung a huge bulb in the sky to herald in the day and a dimmer that shut off the light. But, instead, he orchestrated a symphony of events that announce the days beginning and ending. A medley that has us mesmerized day after day. Our eyes which detect the slightest variability of colors could have been created to see only the most basic of pigmentations. But, a little mint was added and voila, what a picture!
My hope is that today, you will look around and notice the little things that bring joy to a sometimes seemingly drab existence. In fact, I encourage you to buy a beautiful water glass, add a bit of mint as a daily reminder to relish the little things. To remember that a sprig of joy, love, friendship, gratitude can enhance one’s perspective on this wonderful life. And, you don’t have to travel to Paris to do so.
Blessings to you all!