When Halloween comes I am reminded of years spent creating or purchasing costumes, candy and listening to the excitement mount as my four small children envisioned large amounts of candy becoming theirs to consume in massive quantities. Seeing them in their costumes and observing their gleeful screams as they returned and dumped out the bags of candy to discover what favorites they would select to eat for days. As the days wore on, however, the candy became less and less interesting as the pieces they loved were eaten and the ones considered less than tasty morsels were ignored, left to sit and become stale until, one day, I discarded these less appealing treats in the garbage.
It seems that as our lives go on we are like children who receive amazing bounty but sometimes just become less and less interested in enjoying the events of each day. Life becomes too demanding, tiring and the stress of daily life and speed we must use to get everything completed removes the enjoyment of the treasures of life ~ love, family, friends, fun and the things we enjoy doing ~ until they can almost disappear and the memory slips into oblivion and we let it go.
Sharing those amazing occurrences with family and friends in conversation, or reviewing them in your mind in those last moments before you slip into sleep, let yourself experience gratitude for each special “piece” of the days bounty of events. Savor the memory of all the wonderful pieces of your life that bring you happiness and joy. It is the moments we love to remember that keep the demands of everyday life from making our happiness disappear and make the days run into unmemorable rut of mere existence.