Making the most of it
Monday, June 23, 2008
Today's Healthy Reflections topic was Making the most of every day and every hour and the one from the 17th was Seeing the wonder in the smallest details. Both of these made me think of a conversation I had recently. A friend's son is 8 years old. He is a thoughtful, studious fellow. He is also a cutie pie.
His mom was complaining that he dawdles. By that she means he will walk out in the back yard and spend 10 minutes taking a 15 second walk. No he is not disabled, or simply slow. He takes his time. He checks out the bugs, looks to the sky for birds and usually talks to the cat that comes to him. He enjoys his little walk. He has that wonderful childhood ability of finding wonder in everything.
When was the last time you went outside and watched the clouds. Trying to figure out what that cloud looks like...or that one? When was the last time you went looking for the rainbow? or squealed in delight (not anger) at getting caught in the rain?
One of the things in the book I'm reading is the idea of finding balance...and finding said balance will bring peace to your life. I think sometimes what we need to do to find that peace is to forget we are adults for a little while (that doesn't mean not paying bills, going to work or taking care of other responsibilities). It means letting go for an afternoon and simply relaxing. Go for a walk and watch the bugs, birds and other critters that come by. Watch the clouds to find out what is floating overhead...is it a dragon or perhaps a dog? Run through the sprinklers. Go on the slide or swing. Ride the merry-go-round. Let go of inhibitions and be yourself...be free. It can truly rejuvenate a person.