Make effort today to be fully present. Give others the gift of your attention, time and presence.
As I walk through my house turning off the lights…heading toward bed, there are things that catch my eye…things that fill my heart with joy, love, peace…
I cannot imagine my home without these things, although some are new; some are fleeting…yet all make a home.
First we have the artwork on the fridge. No…I am not the mom that keeps all art; rather I prefer to truly savor each peace. If I find myself walking past without notice, it is time for a fresh picture!
I could stare at this for eternity. A tree covered in the love of hand painted and hand crafted ornaments, stockings hung in anticipation: a reminder of the magic of Christmas, and my “happy painting” that is a staple of our main room. No matter how messy life can become…a reminder to live it fully!
This little piggy stayed home. This little piggy has been in my life for as long as I can recall. I remember emptying his contents as I prepared to head off to college, emptying it’s contents in a panic when trying to “adult” (unsuccessfully at times!) and now I look at this piggy with prolongued grief as I am aware of the cracks that will oneday (soon) expand and shatter my trusty sidekick…likely the result of me using it as a step stool and a chair one too many times in childhood!
A reminder that our mindset matters…and that just as we can strengthen our muscles…we can strengthen our minds to seek the good in life.
Post a photo or two below. Share with us…where are your peaceful places?
As I am gearing up to go on vacation, I have been pondering what makes vacation so great anyway? What would I be doing (other than not working) on vacation that I don’t do now? What is it about vacation that makes it…vacation?
I thought about it and I realized that on vacation I do a few things differently?
1. I walk more
2. I bike more
3. I check out local independent eateries
4. I window shop, especial at locally owned (non-chain) businesses
5. I enjoy the weather (even if it’s rain)
6. I read more
7. I take my time
8. I sing
9. I am curious about my surroundings
So…what can I do about this when i’m STUCK in my own town?? Well…ALL OF IT!! I have been testing out my theory these last few days and have had great results. I went for a bike ride around my neighborhood, walked down to a local river, walked the dog more and further than usual, really took time to observe the sky and it’s wonders, got to work earlier to that I don’t feel rushed, and have been reading more. The results have been improved mood, more optimism, and more productivity at work and in my personal life.
Give it a try…live like you are on vacation!