This morning I was listening to Wayne Dyer on YouTube. He shared how important it is to spend time everyday outside reconnecting with all of God’s creations. Breathing in the fresh air, walking on the grass in your bare feet. I wish I could, but for one thing it’s too cold to walk in my bare feet where I live, and I’m still limited as to what I can do with my walking. But does that mean I have to settle for doing nothing? Nope! Not I!
Today I’m going to stretch my wings and go on an adventure. I had something that needed to go in the mailbox and the only way it was going to get there was for me to take it. I must say, it was like breaking out on my own for the first time in a long time. It meant putting my trust in how far I’ve come. Believing that I could walk the distance to my mailbox and back without anything to lean on or a place to sit in between. I know it sounds pitiful, but for me it was a great accomplishment. To top it off it was actually pretty nice out, and the fresh air felt cleansing to breath in.
I had no where to sit outside. So I did the next best thing. I opened my curtains inside the house. Sat on my couch in front of the big bay window taking in the sights that can’t be seen unless we stop like this to take them in. Guess what I saw? Several Robins sitting among the branches of my holly tree which is still filled with red berries. A sign of spring and hope that comes after a long winter of rest and renewal.
It’s the day after Christmas and already I’m looking forward to the new year. I got a brand new journal for Christmas, and I can’t wait to start writing in it. But more than that I’m anticipating a healthier, active and productive new year filled a better quality of life. It’s as if when the clocks strikes midnight I’ll be reborn with a fresh new start, but just like when a new birthday comes we don’t feel any different than we did the day before.
So I bring myself back to the now, and in that moment of conscious thinking I realize I have 6 more days of living to do before the new year even begins. It was as if I was wishing my days away, and what guarantee do any of us have that we’ll be here from one day to the next. No-one wants to think of that, but it sure does give me a wake-up call. So I’ve decided to live within the hope that this day has to offer, and I have to say it feels good to be alive even with the limitations I have right now. I can find things to do that make my day feel worthwhile. All it takes is a bit of conscious effort to create the mindfulness I need. It reminds me of the same kind of mindfulness I need as I practice walking right, heal to toe, Connie. Heal to toe, so that knee bends with your walk. Life is full of many things to do right now, work, practice, play and fun. It’s up to us to make the best of it. John Lennon couldn’t have said it more clear for me today, “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.”
“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” –Eleanor Roosevelt
Monday always seems to get a bad rap. So many start their week thinking that they can get through it if they put their focus on the upcoming Friday. It feels as if it can’t get here soon enough. In the meantime between today and Friday there is 345,600 seconds, 5760 minutes, 96 hours, 4 days of life wasted thinking about what’s up ahead. It’s not just the working class that this applies to. Even people like me who are retired can get caught up in what’s coming up down the road. What guarantee do we have that we’ll even be here tomorrow or an hour from now for that matter?
Everyday is a gift and an opportunity to use the power of our thoughts to create the kind of life we want. Sometimes we have to do what we don’t want to in order to get to the place we want to be. It can only happen by changing our thoughts and becoming the change we want. That happens in the minutes, the seconds and slivers of time in between. As Eleanor Roosevelt points out, with each new day comes new strength and new thoughts to create the kind of day we want. So let’s work at being more mindful. As I work at this practice myself it’s taught me how to enjoy every moment I’ve been blessed with. In turn giving my life more purpose.
Today we are getting our two huge evergreen trees taken down at the front of our property. When PP&L trimmed them away from the wires this spring they completely hacked them up. When we called them about how upset we were they offered to take them down at no cost to us.
It’s one of those things that you knew you were going to eventually have to do, but we weren’t ready to let go of them yet. They did provide a lot of shade and privacy, plus it’s like losing another part of my Dad & Sue who lived here before us. As I play the pros and cons of it in my head. The pros win out in the end. Let’s face it nothing last forever in this world. There’s this cold stillness of quiet emptiness for a few moments as we stand and look at the open space it leaves behind. Than new life sets in as we give ourselves time to process it. We start to look around and see the possibilities it leaves behind. This has been our home for a while now, and as we’ve made many changes already this is simple another opportunity to place our own mark upon it. Our house is one of the few on this street that sits back away from the road and many people that have driven by say they never even knew there was a house behind the trees. It can be seen a little better beyond the holly trees now. The yard looks much bigger too, but we will probable plant another tree in the middle of the yard to give us back that privacy we like so much though. To be honest I think it will look much better in the long run.
Lesson of the day: Nothing last forever, but life still carries on. We can live in the state of sadness that we can’t change or find new life in the space it opens up for us.