No matter where I am in the world or in my life, I always seek out a place where I can slow down, breathe easy and reflect or marvel at this amazing life we live.
Most people miss these moments. They are too busy using the phone, texting, playing games, fretting over what they lack, or complaining about others to even notice.
I love these moments. Right now, I have the back door open, it’s raining, listening to birds chirp, the rain fall, far away thunder rolls, smelling the air, feeling its coolness, enjoying the quiet. While I am far away from where I began to do this consciously, it is something I have always done.
I remember at the age of six, we moved to Queens, NY. I went outside with my skates to explore my new suburban landscape. There was no one outside, the sun was shining brightly and it was a warm day. I remember this day vividly because I stopped to listen and observe even though I was just a child.
I sat on the curb and noticed how clean the street was. How the sidewalk glistened as though it were made of jewels. The heat felt so good and I just admired it all. I feel that same sense of peace when I think about it right now.
I have not always been in the best of circumstances but I have never been without these tranquil moments. Living in a housing project that was overrun by drugs and crime for many years, I counted my blessings daily.
We had a big family with a tiny bathroom, no window and mildew in the grout. I would clean that bathroom until it was fully sanitized, run a bath with bubbles, light a candle and feel that wonderful moment of peace–of gratefulness for what I had and where I was in my life. I believe it is in these moments that your next move is born.
Go on–catch a moment of tranquility. Enjoy!