Many years ago I read a book titled “Simple Abundance”. The author wrote of the great joy in being mindful & thankful for the small, even mundane, acts that occur throughout our day.
So often we are focused on what has happened, or may happen tomorrow, that we forget to look into the eyes of our spouse, our children, our neighbours and our friends.
We spend countless hours fretting & gossiping about who said what to whom; criticising what someone said; what they wore; who they were with. Or we obsess about the future: will I have enough money in retirement?; what will I do if I’m retrenched?; what health issues might I have in old age?
Auto-mindlessness steals the joy from today. It detracts from the taste of our scrambled eggs on a Sunday morning. It de-values the laughter with our children. It removes that sense of absolute joy in walking your dog. It turns housework from a chore to an act of loathing.
The great Buddhist servant Trungpa Rinpoche reminds us that … 'there is no cure for hot and cold…’.
Life will present us with many varied conditions & challenges, day in and day out. Our role, perhaps, is acceptance of these 'ups & downs' these times of 'hot and cold' and focus not on the past, or the future, but on the 'right now' and the simple abundances in our lives.