July 13, 2016

TrishBits #25: Don’t Miss the Best Part

It only takes about 30 seconds to remember your place in the grand scheme of things.

Take a Breath

My husband and I are on a new workout regimen, because a couple of years of living the good life plus the (good!) stress of building our dream ranch have added too much middle-aged padding.  So, we’re off to do intervals every morning before breakfast.

I notice that my husband hurries through his workout, in a rush to get showered and out the door.  I, on the other hand, have re-discovered the sheer joy of stretching a well-warmed body.  Lying on my yoga mat on the back deck with an exercise band around my instep, gazing through the treetops and counting the circling birds, is pure awesomeness.

I chided him from my mat this morning, “Hey, Carl, you’re missing the best part.”  He looked at my cross-body stretch, and looked doubtful….

How often do you rush through what needs to be done, in order to do what needs doing next?  What are you missing along the way?

This week we took a quick trip to the HOT beach on the gulf shore.  I noticed a little girl, probably only 2 years old, who was standing at the edge of the tide.  She watched the water lap across her toes with intense concentration.  She dug her toes a little bit into the sand, raised them up, and played with the water that pooled in her footprint.

She was in sheer awesomeness.  Who knows what thoughts crossed her mind?  Something about the rhythms of the universe, maybe?  Some kind of felt sense of what her physics teacher will try to explain in about 15 years?

Of course, her dad scooped her up hurriedly and rushed her off with the rest of the family who were impatiently waiting for her.  They were tired and hot and hangry, no doubt.  I get it!  I’ve been a single mom with a harried schedule.  And the last thing I want to do is pile more ‘shoulds’ on top of parents.

Instead, I’ll offer an invitation:  When you find yourself hurrying, take a breath, and be about 30 seconds late for what you think is so blessedly important.  Feel the earth on your feet.  Listen to the leaves in the breeze.  Watch the birds.  Experience your own place in the grand scheme of things.

It only takes 30 seconds to be here, now.  When you remember that, you won’t miss the best part.

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