“Oh, how I believe in it, in life. Not that which makes up our time, but that other, the life of little things, the life of animals and of the great plains.” -Selected Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke
The other morning I sat down and instead of rushing to start my day, I sat down with my coffee and noticed how the mornings were now full of light, I listened to the birds, I took a long deep breath. I felt immense gratitude to have this quiet moment to myself. We are always rushing, from one moment to the next, always exhausted. How often do we ever take a moment, to live in the moment? It sounds so cliche, but the more gratitude you feel for all the little things and moments, to reflect in nature, to feel solitude, the happier you will be. This is a recurrent theme in Rilke’s writings.