Do You See What I See?
I recently joined an online fitness group led by a beautiful, talented & motivating fitness coach (who also happens to be my super sweet cousin, @Niki Whiting Fitness check her out here). The inspiring ladies in the group are all always sharing great ideas and fun pics, and so as I headed out for my run today I decided I would take a few pics to share with the group on this beautiful fall day. What started out being something to give back a little of what these ladies give to me and hopefully make others smile, actually ended up being a wonderful reminder and made my run awesome today.
One of the things I like about getting out for a run, walk, or bike ride is that they are all a great way to slow down and see the world around me from a different perspective. Still though, I can be on a run and get so caught up in what’s going on in my own mind that I don’t really see the world around me. We all do this, heads down and so caught up in what’s going on in our heads that we miss out on wonderful real life moments happening all around us.
So the pictures I am sharing with you today are the ones I took for my group. By slowing down and staying present to all that was going on around me, I became so much more grateful for life and all that I am blessed with.
I was seeing a lot of the same things I saw on the run I took Monday, but I was seeing it all with new eyes. Things I realized I was taking for granted, or not seeing at all, because I was caught up in my own junk in my head.
Today I hope you’ll try this experiment and give yourself this gift. Get off autopilot for a bit. Slow down and really be present to what you are seeing and doing. See “with new eyes”. Look around like you don’t run that route every day, or make this drive to work, or see that person every day. Don’t take it all for granted.
My favorite thing I saw today isn’t in the pics. She was a grey haired lady sitting on a bench overlooking the field (in the pics) with her face angled up towards the sun, eyes closed, and a big grin on her face. She made me grin too. I would love to hear from you, what was your favorite thing you saw? What did you appreciate or see in a whole new way by slowing down, getting out of your head and seeing “with new eyes” the world around you?