A gust of wind disturbed the leafless branches as I felt the coolness of the air matched by the warmth of the sun. The sky was a clear blue marked by a few white cottony clouds moving spiritedly over the earth. I noticed it all at once and just enjoyed the moment. I was totally connected and living in God’s remarkable creation. If only all day could be like this. Although brief it was quite restorative. After a pretty miserable rainy morning it was great to get outside for a short period.
Every hour at work if I haven’t logged 250 steps, my Fitbit “reminds” me by vibrating. It’s a pretty common feature on many activity trackers and smart watches. The idea, of course, is to get you up and moving. So I’ll get up to accomplish that small little goal. One or two times a day my walk will go longer than 250 steps.
During these longer walks, preferably outside, I will try not to think about work. I will try to keep my attention on something else. I want them to not only get the blood flowing but be a respite. It’s hard for me to keep my mind in the present moment and just enjoy the walk and the surroundings. My mind looks for problems to solve or daydream. Being mindful of those minutes today free from any cumbersome thoughts was refreshing. I want more of those. I want to build habits that bring more of experiences like those. I am a better husband and father when I do. God Bless.