Take some time this weekend and stop to smell the flowers. I find we all get caught up in the day-to-day hustle that we forget to stop and enjoy life (I am definitely guilty of this). Life is incredibly short, and I have begun to start appreciating that more and more as I open my mind and perspective to new things – so take some time this weekend to stop and absorb it all.
I remember reading (although I can’t remember where) a lecture a student shared with the author once she was all grown up. She remembers sitting in her 3rd grade class as her teacher sat them down at the end of the day. The teacher’s husband had just died of cancer, and she was obviously (and fairly) impacted. She gave her students their homework for the night: they were to go for a walk that evening, and simply marvel at the world around them. Study the trees; admire the intricate detail and brilliance of a simple leaf, and the amazing complicated process in which it achieves photosynthesis – all within that razor thin leaf. Admire the clouds, hear the sounds of the birds singing, and take in the smells of a blossoming spring.
Take some time this weekend to marvel at the world around you. Let it touch you, inspire you and motivate you. Go for a walk in the park, a bike ride, or a hike. As Steve Job’s said in his Stanford speech, “if you live every day like it’s your last, you’re bound to be right eventually.” – don’t leave anything on the table, and try this weekend to live one day like it’s your last – and appreciate it.