When Mr. UT and I plan our walks or hikes in fall, I think about where we might find the best color. Sometimes we get lucky, but other times, there aren’t a lot of the fall colors I love. There might be a splash of color in one maple tree, or some red berries, but rarely do we find a whole park filled with fall colors.
So today, as we went hiking in a local nature preserve, I saw gorgous blue sky, with only a bit of fall colored leaves among the green. As I commented on this fact, Mr. UT replied, “Green is a color, too!”
His statement remided me of two things; gratitude and paying attention to the now.
I know I often write about graitude, but it really is a cornerstone of my mental health. I can thank recovery for that. It’s when I started reading some of the literature and books about recovery that I started to fully emabrace this mindset.
Paying attention to the now, is harder for me. I can easily slip into the “I wish” zone, one where I wish I was doing something else, wishing I had done something else, or anything but where I am. Yet I know I am quite happy in the now, if I just let myself be there.
Of course I like to plan things, like trips, which is great, or look back at fond memories!
Mr. UT and I went golfing this morning, and I had a lot of fun, partly because it’s all I was focused on. I wasn’t wishing it was anything different. Not anywhere different. Just happy trying to play in the wind, with tornados of leaves around us! I realized this, after I got home, that I was content in the present.
With Leaves Stuck on My Socks, Yoga Pants, and Floor,
On Day 2223,