Life can go so fast that we forget to stop and enjoy the small things, by that I mean enjoying the outdoors. My son, daughter-in-law, and grandbaby are currently living with me and my husband. On days where I am not working with a client, I usually do office work. One morning, a couple of months ago, I decided to take my granddaughter, Lilah, for a short walk outside. She was 14 months old.
I started off by holding her hand, she let go of my hand and began to stare at the leaves blowing in the wind. Lilah was fascinated by the sound of the squirrels and birds as they jumped from tree to tree. She began to walk and would periodically stop to pick up a stick, pine needles, or touch the grass. Watching her stand there in such wonderment and awe; I realized I had forgotten to enjoy outside and the open air. Toward the end of our walk she found my potted Hibiscus and decided it would be fun to play in the dirt. I then picked her up to show her the blooming fuchsia colored Hibiscus flower. She loved touching it.
I had seasons in life where I was so busy with working and getting things done that I felt burned out. My solution was usually to take a nap. Taking time for a vacation didn’t always seem possible. The problem was that the more time I spent in bed, the less content I felt. I realized at some point my creativity was not as sharp.
The first morning that I took Lilah for a walk outdoors, I knew what I had been missing. It was literally stopping to smell the roses and enjoying the nature that God has provided for us. I remembered as a child that I loved to sit outside on porches and look towards the sky. The sky has no ceiling and your imagination and creativity can soar. I needed to be uncluttered.
Make it a priority to rest, refresh, and enjoy the outdoors. You’ll be surprised at how productive you can be when you go back inside.
Lisa Giesler, Consultant, Author, Speaker, Professional Organizer