Friday, October 23, 2009

When was the last time you.......

When was the last
you did something you really love? There are so many things we love to do, yet struggle to make the time for. The other day, my husband and I were sitting on the back porch talking. Our yard backs up to a mini nature preserve. Real mini. Like 30 feet. Which, by the way, is perfect for me. Although our neighbor had a bobcat in her yard a couple of weeks ago. Yipes.

Anyway, safe in the confines of the screened in porch, we were chatting. And some birds started talking to each other. They had the same “voice,” whatever you call bird talk, I don’t know. But they were about 30 feet apart from each other and kept talking and hoping from branch to branch till they were next to each other. It was pretty amazing.

We couldn’t help, but stop and watch the show. It reminded me how much I love to sit on that porch and watch what is happening. Being in North Florida, there are so many incredible birds just a few feet away. It had been a long time since I sat in my oversized rattan chair and just watched and listened. This morning I found myself out there again, after everyone had left for the day. Cardinals flitted around in front of me. It was so
. I didn’t stay long, but what I saw was so pleasurable. It made me so

Such a small thing that I enjoy. Such a silly thing to deny myself. No cost, just a little time and the ability to shut off my mind for a bit. Okay, I am not going to suggest sitting in a park and staring at trees looking for birds. But I will ask, when was the last time you did something that you really love? When was the last time that you allowed yourself to stop your busy
and just do something that makes you happy, peaceful, joyful, excited?

Consider taking the time today to do just that. Maybe even make a list of 10 or 20 things you love to do. Is it hard? Do the activities come easy to you to write? Do it and see how much more
you can bring to your every day with one small but thoughtful change.

What are the thoughtful things you like to do for yourself?

Share them here!


  1. I get up early and watch the sun rise.

  2. I stop and listen to music. Shut my office door. Just listen to a good song with no interference. Its great.


  3. I love to go to my favorite coffee shop. They know what I like. Its a perfect way to start my day.