Yesterday I had a “daddy day” with my two year old daughter Samantha. It was wonderful. I took her to see the San Francisco Giants play the St. Louis Cardinals at AT&T Park in San Francisco. We had so much fun and Samantha loved it…running around the ballpark, watching the “baseball boys” play on the field, getting a pink Giants hat and orange foam finger, meeting lots of neat people including “Lou Seal” (the Giants mascot), and much more.
When we got home and I was giving Samantha her bath before bedtime, I asked her, “What was your favorite part of the day?” She said, without hesitation, “Eating popcorn!” When she said it, my first thought was, “Eating popcorn, are you kidding?” I then thought to myself, “I can make you popcorn at home, why did we have to go all the way to San Francisco, spend all the money we spent, and do everything we did today for you to eat some popcorn.” As soon as this thought crossed my mind, I stopped, smiled, and laughed at myself.
What a great example of being able to appreciate the simple things. For Samantha, eating popcorn at the baseball game with her daddy was fun and she appreciated it.
Each and every day we have the opportunity to appreciate the simple things in our lives. Too often we don’t stop to notice and pay attention to all there is to appreciate around us.
Today, see if you can stop as often as possible to appreciate the simple things in your life…when you do, you will not only notice that there are so many…you will also feel great about yourself, the people around you, and your life.
That is the power of appreciation in action!
Samantha’s dressed and ready to go to the baseball game!