Currently I am house sitting for a good friend of mine for the whole month of September. I’m also taking care of her two dogs, of which I have a daily walking regiment around the neighborhood with. How wonderful it is to get outside and walk and take the time to get in touch with beauty and gratitude! I don’t have dogs myself so I’m not used to walking simply for the sake of walking. I would highly recommend it.
Today I found the first autumn leaf on the ground a few blocks away (see pic above). While we were walking the sky was filled with blues and grays as the sun was popping in and out of the clouds. We passed by incredibly beautiful full leafed green trees, large ink black crows, sweet faced children, and abodes of all different kinds with flowers and herbs and cats and bikes in the yard. I could smell the hint of the rain that had just fallen melting into the earth and roots. And for a few moments I saw a small portion of a rainbow set against the mountains.
It’s easy to take common experiences and keep them common by not engaging fully in the present moment. It’s easy to overlook how beautiful the sky is, how green the trees are after it rains, how our neighbors lovely gardens improve our community. Cultivating gratitude everyday and getting in touch with the naked splendor that exists all around us not only generates more joy but it’s crucial to our own well being and sense of connection.
It’s not how far we travel in life or what we accomplish that matters most, it’s the quality of our steps.