Sometimes you don’t realize what you’ve been doing until you stop. This past weekend, my husband and I went camping to celebrate our first anniversary. I had grand plans: watch the sunrise, go for a long hike, canoe in the early afternoon, make a delicious meal over the fire.
We did wake up early and hike to the beach to watch the sun rise. It was a beautiful, albeit chilly, moment, as we’ve tried many times before but always failed to catch the sun. This morning, however, we were there early, the sky was cloudless, and we got to witness a beautiful sunrise.
A fire was in order when we got back, not only for breakfast but for warmth. We sat for a few hours, then ventured out for a hike.
It turned out to be more of a leisurely walk. Sure, we could have hiked quickly, gotten our hearts pumping, used the time for a workout, but instead, we wandered through the woods, weaving in and out of view of the beautiful Mississippi River. We stopped, talked, and enjoyed every moment.
Back to the fire we went. And we could have rushed to get ready to make it to the lake to have enough time to canoe, but instead, we decided to just…pause. Relax. Hit the reset button.
Sitting in front of a fire has never been so necessary.
I sat there and, for the first time in I don’t know how long, I wasn’t thinking about what else I had to do that day or what was coming up during the week.
I just sat, watching the flames surround the logs, embers glowing red and white.
And it was beautiful.
“Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else.”
I was reminded in yoga yesterday just how often we rush through our lives. My teacher talked about rushing through elementary school to get to high school where we rush through to get to college where we rush through to get a job. Then we rush through to get to retirement so we can finally…
Listening to her resonated with my weekend experience. We spend so much time looking toward the next big thing, the next weekend, the next month, the next thing on our to-do list.
But what about what we’re doing right now?
Take some time today to slow down. Think about each task as you do it. Commit fully to your day, whatever it brings. Let your mind be fully engulfed in the moment instead of always straining to look ahead. Live now, for what if today is your last day? And if it’s not, you can sleep well tonight knowing that you gave today your all. Because what else do we have to offer except our whole selves?
So go ahead, give yourself permission to hit your reset button in whatever way calls to you. You might not realize just how badly you need it.