Time To Look Around

I played hooky from blog-writing last week. That’s because I was focused on getting other things done prior to having eye surgery. I wanted to leave things neat and tidy at work…but I ran out of energy for anything else.

This week has been quite the contrast. I came home following the surgery and slept for three hours – compliments of the anesthetic. I have to use a lot of eye drops, and I can’t lift over 40 pounds. So, I have been taking advantage of the time to take care of miscellaneous projects and errands I don’t usually have time for, to read a little, and to watch some tv. What luxury! I haven’t had a vacation in a very long time, and it feels very good.

Why am I telling you this? Because I feel the need to tell you how important it is to SLOW DOWN. I needed the reminder. My friends will tell you that I am notorious for needing to always be busy, and for feeling that I must be productive. While there is nothing wrong with staying busy, or with feeling the need to accomplish something in the process, there is value in relaxation, too. Take a moment to sniff the fresh, almost springlike air. Even though there is still way too much snow on the ground, I am hearing more birds and there is just the tiniest hint that spring may not be too far away.

Take time to look around you. Observe. Take time to notice your surroundings. Take time for others – both to notice them, as well as to help where there is a need. We tend to take a great deal for granted – at least until we lose it. Right now, though my surgery went well, I am being inconvenienced by my eyes not matching the prescription in my glasses. This will, in time, be corrected, and I am grateful that I still have sight, but this has given me pause to consider those who have no sight. We spend our days going about our own routines barely appreciating all that we have. It is not until an arm or a leg is broken that we recognize the ease with which we used to do things.

Take time to smell the roses. Refresh your soul. Appreciate all that you have. Renew yourself. You are unique, and you have been given your very own set of talents to make your way in this world. What do you do well? Don’t ignore your abilities. Recognize them, use them, be grateful for them. They are unique to you. When you step back and appreciate, you will be refreshed. You will be invigorated, and you will have more energy to grow and serve as you go about your daily routine.

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Louise is author of The Prisoner's Prayer Book which evolved as she became a volunteer in prison ministry. Retired from a career in social services, Louise resides in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.