Slow Down Challenge – Day 1

Yesterday I wrote that I was going to participate in Jeff Goins’ “Slow Down Challenge”. You can read the introduction here, but the short story is Jeff’s challenge came at a time when I really needed to slow down.

The challenge for day 1 was to notice.

I love the way Jeff introduced this challenge. He said, “Life is not a race. It’s a walk around the block, a casual stroll through the park, a deep abiding in where you are right now. Anything else is a facsimile, a farce, some cruel distraction from what’s most important.”

Our challenge for day 1 was to take a 15 minute walk and just notice life around you. Notice what everyone else overlooks. And I like the way Jeff said it, “These are not distractions from life; they are life itself. Let’s not forget or rush through them on our way to the next big accomplishment.”

I was sitting in my office as I read today’s challenge and I noticed that it was bright and sunny out. I thought, ok. Let’s do this. I took that walk.

The first thing I noticed was how cold it was! (hang with me it gets better). But seriously, for as nice as it looked outside, it was freezing. I’m guessing about 15 degrees.

Of course that got me to thinking about how rough this winter has been. It started me down a negative path, but then I noticed this:

Budding Tree

 

I noticed that even though the weather has been rough, even though it’s still freezing outside, the trees are starting to bud.

It’s almost the end of February and spring is right around the corner! Spring! My favorite season of the year. I love spring. Everyone emerges from their winter hibernation. The trees, bushes, flowers, and grass come back to life. Spring always brings new life with it.

No matter how miserable this winter has been, a new season is right around the corner – a new season of excitement.

It’s funny how that is a metaphor for life. No matter how difficult life might be right now, no matter what we might be struggling with, there is a new season right around the corner.

We just need to keep working through the challenges of this season. We need to keep putting one foot in front of the other. And soon enough new life will emerge.


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