There are many things in life that we take for granted. Whether it is a gift, an act of kindness, or even a simple smile on someone’s face, sometimes we do not see the importance of certain actions when they first happen.
Personally, I have fallen victim to this many times throughout my life. But as I get older and things change around me, I am slowly starting to learn how to take in the things that I once took for granted. This is what I like to call the art of appreciation.
To be more specific, there are two main elements in mastering the art of appreciation: being aware and taking note of symbols.
Being aware is a simple concept, but it is hard to practice on a consistent basis. Your surroundings and environment are what shape you, so it is up to you to be aware of what your environment consists of that can either help or hurt you. When you are conscious of the things that will benefit you in the long run, it will help you appreciate them on a higher level. On the other hand, a lack of awareness will allow you to be blind in seeing the good, so you will not be able to fully appreciate it.
In regard to symbols, these relate to objects or people that are of much importance. For example, a teddy bear that you used to play with when you were little can become a symbol as you get older. Whenever you see a teddy bear, it brings you back to the state of innocence that you had when you were a kid, which equals appreciation.
It only takes a split second to miss something that can change your day, or even your life, for the better. In my case, these little seconds of time are some moments I wish I could get back. Now that some of those I love who I was able to share those moments with are gone, it becomes evident that most things on this Earth do not last forever.
But something that can last however long you want are memories. The things that you hold dear in your mind will be with you forever. They will last longer than the money you earn in the future, certain relationships, and material items.
Now that I am a freshman here at Sacred Heart University, it is important for me to remember the art of appreciation. These next four years, whether I like it or not, will go by very fast. It’s important for me to capture the important moments now so when I look back, I will know that I did not waste any time throughout my years here.
The art of appreciation is a universal code that we should all follow. If this art is performed, there will be nothing that you will regret and there will be peace for the rest of your life.