This morning I walked my children to school then continued on to church for my weekly Bible study class. My daughter was shocked to hear of my plans for the 3 mile walk. I was a little hesitant to change my usual routine as well. Why? I can easily hike 3 miles in the woods, as can the kids. Why then is city walking such a strange idea? Admittedly, the cars are far less melodious than bird song, but there was still beauty to be found.
The morning was cloudy but comfortable and I stopped several times along the journey to enjoy nature’s surprises. There was a squirrel climbing a tree, four birds taking flight, and an opossum nearly hidden among the leaves of a path I stopped to explore. I would have missed all of this if I had driven, as I usually do.
It is so easy to focus on the next destination nor deadline and to forget to appreciate the journey. This is true of much more than choosing to walk rather than drive a few miles. When did you last enjoy the process of making dinner? I know I didn’t last night. Perhaps if I had the 5 o’clock hour would have looked differently. When my kids complained that I had not made EXACTLY what they wanted for dinner, I got angry. I walked away and missed sharing dinner with my family. Had I enjoyed the quiet of the kitchen the hour before, listened to music or an audio book, and simply enjoyed the process of making a meal for the people I loved, would I have been so effected by the comments? I don’t think so. When the journey is hurried the result is stress.
My goal for the next week is to appreciate the steps in the processes of daily life. I want to enjoy walking the kids to school, writing, laundry, cooking, reading, and the bedtime routine. I want to start and end each day with a prayer of thanks for the life I have and a lengthy list of things and people for which I am grateful.
Will you take this challenge with me?
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