I have noticed lately how loud the world is becoming. Even on a quiet day there is noise. Cell phones buzzing and dinging for our attention, fitbits and Apple watches vibrating to walk more or check that instant message.
Reminders going off on iPads and Alexa. All first world problems.
It is all part of the way we live now. I am just as guilty. I check my iPhone for emails and messages, posting photos on my facebook and instagram. Setting alarms and reminders.
Then, something happens and makes you step back and want to actually enjoy all the good quiet that you are missing out on.
Most of us, me included, work ninety to nothing to notch out a living, reach the next level, just one more thing to do and I will sit down and relax.
But do we really relax?
It is so easy to get wrapped up in our business, our to-do list, being involved in the community. That is all well and good, however, a little down time is necessary.
I have to admit, that I am wound a little tight. I do not “sit” well.
I have to be doing something. When I feel myself getting a little overwhelmed, anxious or not being able to manage things out of my control. I seek out nature.
Taking a long walk, I usually find things that fascinate me. There is so many wonderful delights to behold if we just take the time to notice them.
There is a whole other world that exists outside. A simple, beautiful world.
It just goes on being incredible each day, whether we notice it or not.
I was raised to notice and give thanks for all that nature has to offer. I married a extremely busy rancher/broker who will always pauses for a beautiful sunset
or to points out a baby animal.
Getting away from the buzzing of the everyday life yields good memories.
A bonfire at night with the full moon shining brightly.
Watching a passing thunderstorm and being enchanted by the delicate light afterward.
One of our very favorite things to do is going to the river. Letting our dogs swim and fetch sticks, letting them explore the riverbanks, fields and woods.
Kayaking with the grandkids is the greatest. Seeing things through their eyes gives me a new splendor.
It is a shame that many people just sit in their homes with loud quiet all around.
Not knowing that if they just open a window and hear a bird call, feel the breeze, smell the rain their mood might switch to a more relaxed state of mind.
If I take my own advice, I will disconnect from the first world problems, just for a while each day. Go outside and feel the earth under my feet, the breeze on my face, watch the clouds float by.
And give thanks for the wonders of the world.
Go hold the moon in your hand, it is an astonishing feeling.
The loud quiet can wait.
Until next time,