Edwin Way Teale, Circle of the Seasons eloquently states why we often miss out on our surroundings. Simply put, he notes, “It takes days of practice to learn the art of sauntering. Commonly we stride through the out-of-doors too swiftly to see more than the most obvious and prominent things. For observing nature, the best pace is a snail’s pace.”
This weekend, take the time to saunter through your garden. Appreciate the moments that unfold as you meander through your vegetable patch or capture the last blooms of the summer flowers. Make your mental notes for future chores. If you slow down, there isn’t enough time to discover and uncover all the items on your to-do list. Something distracts your attention and you find yourself absorbed in what is around you.
Sauntering is a great way to reenergize your creative thoughts and get a broad perspective on what is happening in your backyard. It may not increase your cardiovascular heart rate but it certainly doubles your appreciation for all your hard work. What else are weekends for? Relax and enjoy the last lazy weekends of summer.
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