Today I have spent the better part of the day reflecting, reflecting on my family, my friends, my unconditional love for my children, my deep love for my husband (my soul mate and best friend), reflecting on nature, relationships, on stillness… on quiet…. and on connections.
As I slowed my mind down, attempting to transcend the clutter of my racing thoughts, I realized how beautiful the friendships I have are, and how we all must disconnect in order to fully connect with others. Disconnect the cell phones, the emails, the screens and all the other daily inputs consuming our focus and thoughts.
Today I stood outside in the wilderness of Vermont, alone, and listened to the stillness. At first I only heard quiet…but as my mind adjusted to this slower rhythm I started to hear the cadence and patter of the snow falling off the trees from last night’s dusting, the rustle of leaves in the soft breeze, a far off call of a bird. I took many deep breaths and filled my lungs with the cold, crisp air and closed my eyes. I felt joy in being alive.
Life goes by in the blink of an eye. Our busy lives and full schedules make it slip by even faster. It’s too short to not slow down and find connections. Connect with nature. Connect with your children. Connect with your family. Connect as a family. There is a difference there.
Connect with yourself. Think about what makes you happy. What fills you with excitement and passion. What do you like? Spend less time worrying and more time being grateful for those who love you and all of life’s goodness. Look at what is right in front of you with fresh eyes as if you are seeing them for the first time.
So again…get off the devices. Slow down and look your children, friends, loved ones in the eye and listen. Ask them how their day was and really listen. Nothing is more important and precious in life than loving and being loved. Without connections life is hollow, lonely and empty. Don’t waste what you have. Choose to be happy, to be at peace. If you look for the good, you’ll find it.
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