I have a lovely back yard. I mow it, weed it and try and coax veggies to grow on my back patio. It wasn’t until just recently that I took the time – instead of mowing, which was my goal for that time – to sit and enjoy it.
It is a sad truth that I spend more time on the couch in front of the television or at my desk in front of a computer screen than I do sitting in my very comfortable patio chairs (complete with foot rests.) It really isn’t until I have guests over to the house that I spend time outside, and I hear their comments about how wonderful it must be to be able to sit outside every evening in this glorious spot. Gee, I bet it would be nice. The truth is, when I’m outside, instead of seeing the wonder of the tall trees, the lushness of the green foliage and the beauty of the flowers, I see weeds and an “almost” pond that has turned into a weed bed, grass that needs cutting and trees that need pruning. And, I’ve been missing a lot of the good stuff.
So, these past few days I have been taking a book outside and reading in the sun, or tossing a tennis ball for my dog, and wandering through the walking path, complete with weeds (why did I think a wilderness walking path needed to be manicured?) I’ve been enjoying the honeysuckle (yes, I’ve heard it called a junk tree – but I like them,) and allowing myself to just be in the moment and not project