Turn off your phone.
UNPLUG your ear buds.
Turn off your Garmin.
Go to a GREEN SPACE and enter the WONDERLAND of NATURE.
It's CALLING you. It's beckoning you to UNPLUG.
GET AWAY from the concrete.
Go GET LOST in the wood.
Let your MIND run.
LISTEN to the footsteps of your feet as they walk along a path they've never taken before.
Notice the bird TAKE FLIGHT.
Watch the flowers WAVE at you in the BREEZE.
Listen to the birds PLAYING TAG with each other.
Listen to nature come ALIVE around you.
You will start to notice your mind switch frequencies. Instead of being tuned into the noise of the world, you'll start to hear NATURE'S SONG. And as you turn your "radio" dial and DIVE into the nature wonderland around you, you'll start to notice green looks greener. The sky bluer. The flowers more vibrant. And the birds louder than you thought.
Your eyes and ears will begin to focus on the BEAUTY around you instead of the hurried, noisy chaos of the world.
It's when we unplug that we truly come ALIVE.
It's when we immerse ourselves in the SIMPLE that we truly realize the complexity of our BEING.
It's when we are "unproductive" that we are truly PRODUCTIVE.
Instead I sat. I read. I wrote. I talked to my family. I cooked....
I took a walk. Didn't track my distance, pace or heart rate--and mind you, this is coming from a retired professional athelte who used to train upwards of 30 hrs a week and thought walking was a waste of time.
I walked to the forest surrounding my house and entered. Entered the WONDERLAND....
It was sort of weird at first -- uncomfortable for me.
Where was I going?
What was my goal?
What about my pace?
What would I write down in my workout log for today?
And exactly how long was I going to be out here? After all time is a valuable commodity! Do I have time for this, I thought.
And I knew I did not NOT have time to get lost. The past month 'n' a half has been a blur of activity....read 14,000 Miles In 40 Days, if you haven't already....I knew this was the most important thing I would do today. So I continued to go "get lost."
And after awhile the noise of the world -- the noise in my head -- the noise of the type A/OCD/performance achiever in me seemed to fade into the distance and NATURE'S SONG became louder and louder.
BEAUTY became brighter.
My heart started to overflow with LOVE. GRATITUDE. PEACE. CONTENTMENT.
All the to-dos on my desk at home suddenly seemed less important.
After all, what's the use in doing if I lose my BEING in the process?
As I walked and "tuned in," thoughts began FREELY passing through my head -- memories, goals, dreams, visions, desires....My heart started to take FLIGHT. I realized: this is the most unproductive productive thing I've done in a long time.
I was getting back to my CORE -- my BEING.
Do something you haven't done in awhile.
Be productively UNproductive.
You'll notice an absence of photos in this post. Why?
Visualize. Let your mind picture what you read. Get lost in the words.