Noticing the Details

Written October 16th, 2011
Categories: Life Experience, Self Discovery
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(Photo credit:  reprinted from Princeton Center for Yoga and Health posted 10.16.11 on Facebook)

by Carolyn Babcock, Ph.D.

Today I ran across the above photograph that had this caption beneath it:  “Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.” (Elizabeth Warren).  It does not seem possible, but we are into the waning months of 2011.  Much of the country is past the peak of the fall foliage.  Thanksgiving is only a month away, and that will launch the craziness of the holiday season. This quote suggested that, even with all that lay before us, we must stop every once in a while and just exhale.

While the main purpose of this blog is to motivate its readers to return to school, fulfill their dreams and take a chance, you still have to put the brakes on every once in a while.  There is joy in just stopping.

A friend of mine and I make a point once a week to walk through the roads near my home.  I live in the South, so our path is filled with live oaks dripping in Spanish moss.  There is always the fragrance of some sort of flora and greenery in the air.  As we walk, I am amazed at what she sees.  We will be chatting away, and she will stop suddenly to pick up an object from the road – usually it is an object that is out of place, such as a spoon.  She will examine it for a second and perhpas take it with her, or leave it behind.  It depends on how she thinks she can use it, or maybe she might just save it for a little while as a memento of an enjoyable conversation.  Her ability to see the details brings a fresh, new perspective to a walk along a familiar path.

As we rush forward toward 2012, and the busy-ness of your life begins to dictate your days, take some time to slow things down.  It is going to be tempting to try to cram events and errands into the week as the days start getting shorter and colder.  But, find a quiet corner, or a new path for a walk, or look overhead at the evening sky and the stars that are piercing the crisp fall air – and deeply inhale.  Exhale and enjoy the moment.

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