The day after Thanksgiving my wife and I went for a hike to Cascade Head on the Oregon Coast. The weather was sunny and in the low 50s with a very light breeze. We hiked up to a favorite spot where we had unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean and the town of Lincoln City. For an hour we sat there observing the view, watching some whales spouting nearby, and just taking in the peaceful scene before us. It was one of those experiences that left me feeling refreshed and recharged. Neither one of us wanted to leave. We could have sat there all day.
That experience reminded me of the importance of slowing down and enjoying moments like that when they present themselves. Unfortunately with busy schedules, constantly beeping electronic devices, and any number of life’s other distractions, these moments are easy to miss, unless we slow down, and actively look for them.
Begin looking for opportunities during your day to slow down and do something that may not be considered productive, but leaves you feeling recharged, refreshed, connected, thankful, or just content. The opportunities are numerous and can range from enjoying a beautiful scene outside to spending time with a good friend.
These opportunities are out there. We need only slow down and look for them.