It is amazing to me how quickly we habituate to things. When I first arrived here, I was on strict bedrest which meant no bathroom privileges, no showers, no getting my own food/drinks, etc. After 3-4 days, my doctor allowed me to have showers every other day. These showers were huge highlights to my days! I would literally count the hours until I could take another shower! I realized how I didn't appreciate this daily activity, and I decided to make more of a concerted effort to take notice of life's simple pleasures, life's every day activities. Have you ever thought about just how wonderful it is to start each day with a hot shower?
This week my doctor granted me the privilege of daily showers (as long as I took more of a bath, maintaining a mostly supine position). Each night, I think about the following day and what I have to look forward to. After two days and two showers, I thought "oh, tomorrow is shower day", but then it dawned on me that wasn't a big deal because I had just had one that morning. I thought "ho-hum", "I need to focus on something else for tomorrow". Wow! All it took was two showers in a row and I had already forgotten what a great delight it was.
This may seem so trivial and so silly, but it's not just showers. What is it in your every day activities that you aren't appreciating? Your spouse's goodbye kiss? Eating breakfast with your kids? Driving to work? Afternoon walk to the coffee shop? Reading a bedtime story?