Running late for work.
Small glimmer caught my eye.
With a head turn.
Since this day, I have wondered just how many important daily moments have I missed? by not looking up? not stopping to pause and listen? or be closed to something new?
Daylight saving marks the time to get moving, planning, and exercising for the upcoming spring and summer hiking season. It is also a buzzing time on Facebook and the Internet with all kinds of preparation, recommendations, and questions for upcoming long thru-hikes or shorter weekend backpacks. Admittedly, my mind is brimming with calculations, maps, food, gear, logistics, and physically getting ready. This spring and summer, I have fun and very challenging hiking trips planned.
I am like a horse getting ready for a race.
But I want to stop and offer encouragement for anyone who is willing to embrace nature and what is freely given each day. It is not about the trips, the mileage, how fast you go, but the little things every day we experience and enjoy, whether it be on the drive to work, a walk with your dog or kids, or just how you embrace the view out a work or home window.
So I gave myself a pep talk. Each day I am striving to do the following steps. Try it. It works.
1. Look up and carefully observe your natural surroundings.
2. Stop. Take a deep breath and listen.
3. Learn or experience something new every day.
4. Take joy in the little things.
Have a great week! It is a good one.