When life unexpectedly throws you a curve ball, you begin to experience it in a whole new light. You slow down and become more aware of your surroundings and the people in it. You see the good and the bad and you try to make sense of it all. Over the last several years I have had a few 180’s in my life and each time I’ve learned a little more about myself and about everything that surrounds me.
I remember the first time I experienced this, some 8 years ago when my dad passed away. As I entered the grocery store around the corner I started to notice the people I passed. I saw an older gentleman by himself. It made me think of my dad. But then something changed in my mind and I started to wonder if he too had just lost a loved one or maybe his wife. He looked so lonely. I noticed an older women by herself struggling to get items off the shelf. Where are her children, or another adult that could be there to help her? Did she just lose her husband of 50 years? Possibly she didn’t have any children. How long ago did they lose their parents? With tears streaming down my face, I picked up what I needed and quickly left. Seeing these elderly people alone made me wonder how I could live that long without my dad. That day I realized that not only do I have a story but everyone that I pass on a daily basis does also. That day changed my life. I look at things and people in a much different light now. And for the most part it’s been a good change.
As I mentioned, slowing down allows you to see the good and bad. I want to share with you my most recent list of things that I am sensitive to or that I have become more aware of. This is my most current short list.
How blue the sky is on a sunny day.
How many prescription drug commercials there are on tv.
How slow the snow falls.
People complaining about small insignificant things.
Women complaining about how they hate their hair.
While driving this fall, I noticed how the fall leaves would tumble and swirl across the road in front of my car.
A mom or dad with their two young daughters out shopping. This is something I notice a lot.
Taking pause in your life does not have to happen when your world comes crashing down. You can make changes in your every day life to slow down, open your eyes, breathe and be in the moment. Try it. It really is such an amazing feeling.
Have an awesome weekend!
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