Sometimes it’s the simple things that impart the greatest pleasure. In a city of beautiful art and architecture, I was particularly happy in this moment while having a simple lunch within walking distance of our hotel. I wasn’t thinking about where I had come from or where I was going to, I simply reveled in being where I was doing what I was.
The piazza wasn’t much to look at and the restaurant was a relatively plain one, but both provided the perfect setting for our late-afternoon lunch. We people watched, munched a bunch, and enjoyed the warming rays of the sun. We were fully present in and wholly engaged by the moment and our enjoyment was no less complete.
It’s hard to recreate these moments at home, but they are ever-present and waiting for us to find them. If we let go and attend to where we are and what we’re doing, we can momentarily release the cares of yesterday and tomorrow. We can find ourselves in the here and now and, more often than not, we can find ourselves happy.