precious little for doing the things you need

I went for a walk in the desert this morning.  I’ve been trying to spend as much time as I can in the mountain park near my home.  Right now, all the cacti and creosote bushes are in bloom.  My walks cross seas of color.  I know in few short weeks, maybe even days, it will be back to the dull browns and greens that dominate desert living during the warm summer months.  The color is a reminder to enjoy every minute before it is too hot to exist outdoors.

Calorie-wise and cardiovascular-speaking, I should have went for a run.  I could burn twice the calories and get my heart rate up to a level acceptable for exercise.  But mental health is a component of health.  Today, I needed a walk.  I wanted to drink coffee, listen to songs for mere enjoyment rather than motivation, and take in the day.

I’ve been painting rocks again.  For whatever reason, I’m in a space where I have some free time and don’t know what to do with it.  Ok, I do know- I should be cleaning closets or looking at classes or some other worthwhile task.  Instead, I’m back to painting rocks.  I just need to make something with my hands.

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I took the rocks with me to use as anonymous notes of gratitude.  My neighbors just cut down some bushes that were blocking the sidewalk and constructed a new fence in their place.  It must have been a lot of hard work and it looks really nice.  I put one of the painted stones on the fence.   I have always enjoyed the landscaping on a house leading to the trail.  I put a small colorful pebble on the mailbox.  I never see either of these neighbors.  Our front yard schedules don’t coincide.  Maybe finding the rock will bring a small bit of joy to their morning, the way they brought it to mine.

In the desert, I left a few stones for hikers to find.  My boys are huge fans of finding “treasure” along the paths.  I only snapped one picture.  But the pink on these cacti are dazzling.  My eyes drank in the fuchsia hue.

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As cliche as it is, the walk reminded me of the gift of today.  Tomorrow, that fuchsia color could be dwindling, browning, on its way to disintegration.  I can’t do everything I want all the time, but in the moments where I am able, I need to prioritize.  Says the things I wish I had.  Start new conversations for ones I wish I hadn’t.  Give more.  Love more.  Enjoy more.  Be present.  There is always time for doing the thing you have to, but precious little for doing the things you need.  Take advantage.

 

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2 Responses to precious little for doing the things you need

  1. Aleta Karen says:

    I’m in a coffee shop with a friend – there’s a sign on The wall that says – enjoy the little things in life for Someday you will realize they were the big things.

    Aleta Karen

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