It is amazing how we take the simple things in life for granted. Maybe it’s because they require less effort on our part or, it may be that we live in such a high stress age that we are consumed by the big issues and can’t see the simple everyday things. Think about some of the simple things that bring you joy and brighten your day. An ice cream cone on a hot summer day, a walk in the woods, a stroll along the shore, a sunrise or sunset, the sound of children laughing are just some of the events in our lives that don’t cost us much in financial terms but may require us taking some time away from other things if we are to enjoy them.
Now that the summer days are approaching us we need to set some time aside to enjoy those simple things. These actions may evoke a pleasant memory from our childhood, or bring to mind a special time spent with family, friends or a loved one. They are feel good times that simply make us feel good and so we need to be thankful for them.
In God’s wisdom, he/she gave us these simple pleasures to remind us how special we are and how precious is life and our times with others. All too often we forget about God’s presence in our lives because we have called on him only in times of stress or distress. Yet, we know God is with us at all times and even if you are a non-believer, there is still can be a sense of the presence of a greater power other than humankind that keeps everything in its order.
In the 1970s Johnny Nash wrote and sang a song later made popular by Jimmy Cliff. The refrain goes “It’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day.” It was one of those feel good songs that sticks with you. If we take the words to heart each day can be a bright sunshiny day if we open ourselves to the beauty around us. Let’s not miss out on the joys that can be ours as we celebrate summer this year for every day can be a bright sunshiny day in its own way.