Take A Mini Break Every Day
I’m a firm believer that we spend way too much time hurrying to our next destination without enjoying where we are now. This exercise will benefit you in ways you never expected because it’s not just about staring out into your backyard. It’s about being grateful for all that you see.
When was the last time you just dropped what you were doing completely and just stared out your window? I’ll bet it’s been a while. I know because I’ve been guilty of it too. I want both of us to break that habit starting right now.
I don’t want to hear how busy you are and how this or that has to get done or else. I’ve got plenty of work to keep me busy 24/7 but I refuse to let it control me. Plus, if you’re really afraid you’ll lose time to this you can set a timer. Five minutes is all you need.
Here’s The Challenge
At least once every day I want you to stop what you’re doing and look out the nearest window into your backyard. See how much stuff you can observe going on back there. If you tell me it’s quiet, you’re not looking closely enough. Don’t speak or listen to anything but the sounds in your yard. Spend only five minutes doing this and then take some time to recall and reflect.
What did you see or hear? Did you notice species you haven’t seen before. Fall migration is a great time to do this for that exact reason. I know every year I see different birds passing through on their way to their winter grounds. The other thing you’ll see is some of your returning winter birds. I know just this morning I heard my first White Throated sparrow because I was listening.
Don’t Let Life Pass You By
I don’t want to get too philosophical with you but the world keeps spinning and we can’t change that. All that we can do is stretch out the time we have by being present for it.
Please give this a try and let me know what you’ve seen and how it changed you.