I’m definitely one of those go-go-go! people… I’m always running around, and pushing myself hard. I’m not *quite* as bad as some of the Fashion folks I worked with – for them (and good for them if it made them happy!) “chaos mode” was not only okay, but they way they preferred to be! For me personally, it was too much, but I do have a habit of running from one thing to the next to the point of exhaustion sometimes.
Fortunately, I DO take time to appreciate what’s around me – I am aware of the weather, the temperature, the scents in the air, the sounds… I don’t go about my day paying no attention to those details because they are all blessings in their own right, and I don’t want to miss them because I was too busy to lift my head away from my phone.
I needed to drop some things off at Good Will this weekend so I decided I’d take a leisurely stroll there, and back – I opened my mind and senses to the experience. Just a walk? Not really.
I felt the cobblestones underfoot through the soles of my boots, and the sound I made as I touched each one. I noticed the runners who were out with their dogs, and the couples casually walking by… I took in the scent of Spring that came in gently-windy waves, admired how green my favorite creeping ivy had become, and the sound of people outside enjoying their lunch and friends…
Even just a decade ago, I’d have had to remember the color of the petals on the trees, or the shade of blue of the water without a photo to remind me – which, I have to say, I DO feel is an important exercise (if nothing else, cerebrally!) Nowadays, we phone cameras with which to capture some of those moments. While I like to ignore my devices sometimes, I also appreciate that I have a camera at my fingertips – It’s still important to soak in the experience in order that our mind (soul, spirit etc) has an opportunity to form those impressions as richly as possible – but I also love that I can refer back to that “gorgeous sunny day” if I want to.
It doesn’t matter when you take the time out – nor whether it is one minute, versus thirty. ANYTHING is a start, and it really is vital to our experience as human beings. Life moves far too fast- when you hop on the rollercoaster and only look ahead, you will miss the beauty around you.
Our blessings are countless, truly – take a deep breath and just look around. The World will become infinitely more astounding right before your eyes…and it was there the whole time!