Each morning we go for a walk. The walks started as something I got up and did for my dog and became just as vital for me as for Mellie. They are my connection to nature, however brief, that helps keep me grounded. The time spent is a mini-reset.
This morning I took pictures as we walked along the edge of the lake with several feet between each photo. Not only does the terrain change as I walk along, but the sky changes as well. Perspective. How often do we get stuck in one place and forget that by taking a few steps in a different direction or change where our focus is we can see things in a whole new way?
Over the past months I have found it more challenging to find the good. It is almost a chore some days. Even though I see the beauty I may be so caught in the somewhat dismal energy of the world that I forget to step outside of it, to close my eyes, adjust my thoughts, and look around again. From every angle there is chaos and frustration around us and yet my own life is good. It’s crazy how hard it is to keep that in mind when the world feels so lost and confused and angry. When I go on my morning walks, if I let myself be in the moment I forget about traffic, the news, the uncertainty of the world.
This break from reality seems logical and necessary to my brain, but it seems so hard to actually take. Little reprieves happen on my walks or on Sundays when it’s all about quality time with the man in my life. This morning I found myself questioning why it’s hard to just stop and be, why it feels almost selfish to take a break from work and chores and the outside world. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only person who wrestled with these thoughts.
By not taking breaks I find it harder to keep up with an intention that led to creating this blog. There was an idea that I had about trying to make the world a bit better by focusing on the good, by sharing the beauty. Sadly, I have to admit that this can be more challenging than I imagined. I find myself wondering why it is a challenge when within my soul there is a desire to look around and find the intricate details of life that make it beautiful to me. I think that I lose a bit of that when I spend less time outside and less time connected with the places and people (and pets) that I love. Listening to other people, it seems to be the case for most of us. It comforts and saddens me to know I am not alone in this. There is a comfort when you realize you are not alone in this feeling of being disconnected, but my soul is sad to think of how disconnected so many of us are. There is talk about how we are made for community and we have lost that, my personal feeling is that even more we have lost connection to nature. We’re busy, always going and doing. We stop to sleep – not even resting some nights – and then we start again.
Sundays have become my favorite day. They are the one day that I am not rushing to get things done, they are the day that I tune out the world as much as possible and put my energy into making memories. It is becoming a priority to make more minutes of my life into ones that are less stressed and more connected. Even if that connection is just stopping to relax and read while snuggling with my pets.
When we start to feel stuck, it’s a good time to move a little. Just a few steps in another direction or a simple turn can change everything we are looking at. I am thankful for these morning walks, even on the days that I am feeling stuck. This morning was a chore to get myself motivated to go, but once we started moving I began to look around. The universe never fails to give me a glimpse of something to bring me back to the beauty, the good. Even just a simple bloom, big puffy clouds, or a buzzing bee are enough to cheer my soul and revive me.
What better time to focus our energy on the good and shift our perspective than when it seems the hardest to do.
Life is a combination of experiences, they all blend together to create a kaleidoscope. Maybe we are all just a work of art that is made from the bits of broken pieces we’ve collected along the way. Those broken pieces can create something amazing. Feeling stuck? Maybe a little step in a different direction would help, give it a try!