Down Time

Over the weekend I went to a family reunion and many of us camp nearby to be able to spend extra time together. My father and his wife are in their 80’s and I enjoy every chance I can to just listen and be there. While camping, he in his camper and I in my tent, time was unimportant, and life was for one single weekend at a standstill.

It is in these small, beautiful moments in life I breathe deep the suns energy and bask in its peaceful rays. Walking in the late afternoon just before supper by the fire, I strolled alone. A perfect cool breeze caressed my skin, the faint scent of pine was in the air. I smiled as my eyes fell upon three equally spaced pine trees that seemed to call, “come sit”. So I did.

I sat right down in the middle, no matter bicyclist rode by giving me a fickle stare. I closed my eyes and enjoyed the fresh air and listened. Birds and locusts sang out welcome.

Picture is Copyright of Patriots in the Fight

            In the rush of everyday, life gets in the way of slowing down to just enjoy God’s creation. We are so busy with life rushing here, speeding there. Kids in school activities, sports or church study and going to the grocery store somewhere in the middle. This week doctor’s appointments, next week the dentist, projects for work, and then again there is work. I have to visit this person or that person. I am not saying that all these things are bad in fact each one has very good merit and place in our lives. Helping others and the community is also good for the soul. However, we also must schedule time for ourselves. Time to recharge our overtaxed internal batteries from our action-packed lives. Even those who have slow paced lives still need to connect with the basics, God’s creation. When is the last time you sat near a waterfront and just watched the water flow? Or sat in your own backyard and listened to the birds? Gone to a park and even if its just sitting with the windows down to breathe in the tree filtered air and watch children play or birds in a pond? I urge you to set aside just 30 minutes to do whatever is available to you and just enjoy the view, breathe deep, relax your body, your shoulders. If you enjoy it, schedule it again, once a month, once a week or once a day. Start small but start.

May God Bless and Keep You,

From the Desk of a Patriot.

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