Today is Day 19 of 31 Days to a Healthier Lifestyle. The prompt for #5MFW #write31days is the word notice. It is still early on this Wednesday morning. I am sitting at my daughter’s kitchen table enjoying a cup of tea. Part of a healthy lifestyle is taking time to sit quietly and listen. What can I notice as I sit here?
With the house usually full of the sounds of five children, it seems eerily quiet right now. My daughter left to drop them off at school, and then she’s off to work for a client of her landscape business. This gives me a rare chance of being alone before heading home later this morning.
The sun has not made much of an appearance yet. In fact it is still fairly dark outside, though I hear the rooster crowing. The only other noise is when acorns fall and hit the metal roof, sometimes with quite a bang. Inside the only sound I notice is the computer fan.
It’s getting brighter now and more birds are joining the rooster in song. I’m reminded of this poem I wrote about the dawn.
Sky first glimmers pale
Shadows become clear
Grip of darkness wanes
Daylight’s time is near
Waking from slumber
Robin and sparrow
Sing morning songs with
Wood thrush and crow
Early morning light
Burning brighter still
As the sphere of fire
Peeks above the hill
Sometimes we need to take a break from busyness and learn to be still. This is an important part of a healthy lifestyle that is often overlooked. You may think you don’t have time, but surely you can spare 1 to 5 minutes. It doesn’t take much to pause and refocus before getting back to work.
Can you take a few minutes today to be still and listen? If you do I’d love for you to share what you hear. You may be surprised at how much better you will feel.
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