Starbucks, sleeping in and a glass of sauvignon blanc all mean the same thing to me: quality. I’m not talking about the quality of coffee, the vintage of the wine I choose or the new feather pillows I just bought for my bed. No, I’m talking about quality of life.
American culture has programmed us to believe that success is found in climbing the social or corporate ladder, buying the biggest house we can afford, and multi-talking every minute of our busy days. I do not consider this quality living and, as admittently driven as I am, I do not want my life to be ruled by such standards of “success” and “happiness.”
In the past few days I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about quality of life, and what is it for me that really makes a good day GOOD. Today, it was sleeping in, my peppermint coffee at Starbucks and my glass of wine with dinner. Tomorrow it may be something different. What doesn’t change however is that the real things in life that make life worth living are the little things. The small pleasures, or petit plaisirs as the French would say, bring us eternally more joy than we can possibly realize. Today I challenge you to stop focusing on money, stop worrying about impressing others, and to start being fully you. Be you and savor the little things about your day today that make life what is really is.