I was in Nashville over the weekend and I observed something quite interesting.
Tucked all around where I was were little bits and pieces of beauty. Quiet little spots to look at nature and relax in the shade while you could sit and watch the world. Little spaces dedicated to green, to nature, to beauty.
No one was there.
Broadway is a busy rush of humanity. Pushing, shopping, partying. There was loud music blaring every twenty feet, bright lights flashing, overpriced food, overpriced drinks, cheap items selling high.
All those people on vacation, in a hurry to cram as much “relaxation” in as they could; hurried past those quiet little spots of rest.
When did we decide that relaxing meant shopping? That vacation meant the hustle and bustle of loud, bright and garish?
Isn't that how we spend our lives anymore? Hurrying from one thing we think we want to another, going so fast we miss all the little bits of beauty that are designed to inspire us along the way?
These observations have flowed over into my day-to-day life as well. How often do I get up with a list of things to get done, and completely miss all those little moments that could have been memories?
The hustle and bustle of laundry and cleaning, the hurrying from one errand to the next, the frustrations of customer service calls. I walk right past the pile of crayons and paper, the swing hanging under the tree, the pretty note cards I bought to send to friends, the pile of blankets that can instantly become a fort.
My little vacation was restful and enjoyable. I made a point for it to be so. But it also re-affirmed to me that I create more stress for myself than I think I do. I can also make a point for my normal day-to-day to be enjoyable as well. It takes only a little bit of intentionality, and a whole lot of slowing down.
What is one thing that you wish you had time to do? One thing that you want to take from a missed moment to a cherished memory?
Find a way to make it happen. Let the quiet spots become something you seek with purpose. Be intentional about enjoying the day you are given.