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Savor Small Things

Recently, the folks at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Oakland shared this status on their facebook page:

We as a people take the little things for granted. Life may be moving fast but that doesn’t mean we neglect the things that are important to us.

Young people from the MLK Center touring the Mission District.

For those of us committed to engagement within ourselves and throughout the world around us, it may seem important to constantly be doing things. We think we need to connect and share and talk and act and respond and interact, consul and consult and reply and do, do, do. None of this is wrong, per se. However, the MLK Center shares an important point.

We should all stop and do what matters- what really matters- every day. The moments we engage in are exactly that, moments. A few years ago my daughter learned the meaning of the word savor. Since then she’s talked about savoring food, savoring walks in the forest, savoring playing with toys, and savoring music. That’s what I want to do, savor the moments that are individual and priceless.

How many books have you never read, but just started? How many meals have you rushed and never tasted? Conversations, lovemaking, dish washing, brainstorming, flower smelling, tickling, laundry, walking, articles, all these moments… Our lives are filled with this and so much more. But how much do we ever savor, adore, revel in, lap up, and simply be with the moments in our lives?

Engagement at its best means embracing the small things as whole parts that are the world themselves, in addition to being part of the whole world too. Whenever I’m worried about the world, I should be concerned with myself. “If the path you walk keeps leading back to you, it is time to change your course.” If we keeping working from this wisdom, we can discover that when we can savor the small things (namely, our own lives) we will in time learn to savor the whole world. Its an amazing circle we walk.

CommonAction is available to train, speak, and share about this topic and many others. Contact me to talk about the possibilities by emailing adam@commonaction.org or calling (360)489-9680.


Written by Adam Fletcher, this article was originally posted to http://commonaction.blogspot.com. Learn more at adamfletcher.net!

By Adam F.C. Fletcher

I'm a speaker, writer, trainer, researcher and advocate who researches, writes and shares about education, youth, and history.

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