Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Slowing Down to See the Details of Life

I talked about the Slow Down Challenge last week, and while the official "challenge" is over, it doesn't mean we have to stop slowing down.

In fact, I made a very conscious effort to do just that over the week. I felt it was important to savor the time with my sister and her kids. I turned off the computer and didn't log back on until around 10:30 Saturday morning. And it felt fantastic. I didn't even check my phone.

I have also started to try to pay more attention to what's around me. To notice new things. To enjoy the details of life.

For example, this is a building I walk by Monday through Friday to and from the office. I love the details. Jason had to stop by his office (across from mine), I waited in the car with the sunroof open, windows down, music up, just enjoying the fresh air, sunshine, and architecture. And there's something about dappled sunlight that just makes me happy.


Saturday, I took a client to the park for her workout. It was so refreshing to just be outside. The air had a coolness to it, the sky a crisp, clear blue. Those things I noticed. But, this time, I did not notice other things (or tried not to), like the tourists walking through reading signs about buildings, battles, the grounds (we were outside of MacArthur Military Museum). Instead, I was focused on the job at hand, on being present with someone instead of distracted.

Yesterday morning, during my run at dark-thirty, I realized that there is one block of a street I run that has zero electrical poles and no trees. I was running along and realized it was darker. Yet, at the same time, because there were no trees or lights, I could see the stars and moon shining.

This morning, I noticed something you don't see much of any longer, audio tap gently blowing in the breeze. You almost don't even see a broken CD anymore let alone the remains of a smashed audio tape.

What's something you've noticed, or maybe not noticed, recently? Do you take time to slow down and enjoy the little things, the little details of life?