Advice: Stop and enjoy your morning coffee, create your own happiness

There is a quiet rhythm in life that seems to be lacking today. It’s difficult to find peace in the hectic lives we are leading.

And even when we have peace and tranquility at home, today’s technology invades our space.

When my husband and I are at the ranch, we love to drink our morning coffee outside. The only sounds we hear are provided by nature and we have time to savor our cup of coffee.

Instead, of pouring it into a Yeti cup and running out the door.

This always makes me think about how little time we have to relish the gifts of life. The little things we take for granted.

Native Americans understood that every day actions afforded ceremony and prayer. When they hunted or harvested a crop, they showed gratefulness for the blessings the land provided them.

There is more to life than work and the events that fill our days. So many little things go unnoticed because we are too busy to enjoy them.

We have become a society that focuses on the next best thing, and we don’t take time to enjoy the moment.

We have lost touch with what life is really about and instead have allowed reality shows and some celebrities to taint the perception of family life.

Some people have forgotten to look at life with a grateful heart and have become cynical. They focus, instead on the problems and trails of life that sometimes their own greed has created.

People sometimes look outside their homes for happiness instead of creating that happiness themselves.

The stillness of a happy empty house feels different than one that has no memories of a loving family.

Life goes by much too fast for you to waste it on people and things that don’t matter.

Give thanks for what you have. Appreciate your life. Value your family, your friends and co-workers.

And when you walk through your house, instead of complaining about how small it is or how it needs another coat of paint. Give thanks that you have a roof over your head.

Maria Luisa Salcines is a freelance writer, and certified parent coach with The International Network for Children and Families in Redirecting Children’s Behavior and Redirecting for a Cooperative Classroom. Follow her on Twitter @PowerOfFamily, Instagram mlsalcinespoweroffamily or contact her on her blog FamilyLifeandFindingHappy.com.