The next thing I’m going to work on next year is mindfulness. Now, before you start thinking- “Oh good- LA has gotten so trite she is now going to go down the list of 2018 buzz words…” hear me out.
One of our favorite family vacation anecdotes revolves around our trip to Zion Canyon in Utah (FYI- one of the most spectacular places I’ve ever seen). My daughter was probably about seven, and this was the first trip we’d taken which did not in some way revolve around an amusement part.
We arrived at the park about noon local time. We’d flown into Vegas the night before, and made the drive that morning. My daughter and I stood on the trail admiring the beauty of the majestic landscape before me. (OK- I was admiring. My daughter wanted to know when we were going to ride horses…) Husband was about ten feet ahead of us and looked back and said “Come on. Let’s get on with it.” I walked up to him and said “Where are we hurrying to? It’s not like we’re going to miss the 6 train…”
See- here’s the thing: Me, my husband, my daughter, the people around me are often so focused on checking things off our never ending lists that we forget to stop and think about what is going on in front of us. I often need a literal canyon in front of me to make me stop and take it all in.
Where am I rushing to? Why am I rushing? I need to stop and ask myself these questions at least once a day. I set phone reminders to make sure I take care of tasks: buy milk- ping, mail stitchfix back- ping, change litter- ping. I’m going to set reminders to take a mind break.
“LA- stop what you’re doing and take a deep breath. Look at what is right in front of you.” PING.
Why is this so important? Because we’re not here to just take care of to do’s. We’re here to take care of each other. We’re here to take care of ourselves. To take of our bodies, our minds and our souls.
And that’s the most important thing to check off the list.
And in a strange coincidence, something really good just happened in our household, so I’m going to savor the moment!