I love to walk through the woods and I do it for me, almost every day. My daughter goes with me as does our dog, Grace. Now, no doubt, I started walking because I needed the exercise and since I love nature, the walk in the woods became a perfect match. My daughter and I usually hoof through the woods trying to beat our times, get our heart rates up, etc., etc., all while solving the problems of the world. Grace, however, is not interested in the exercise part of the walk; no, Grace is fascinated with every detail along the way. She likes to stop and sniff each tree, stand with her head in the wind to feel the breeze, snatches the fallen acorns and tosses them in the air and then runs to chase them down. Yes, Grace is enjoying the journey along the way! Sometimes, as I’m sweating, and beating myself up for being 2 minutes slower than the last time, I think, “I wish I could be like Grace!” I wish I could relax more, not be so hard on myself, stop and sniff the air, play more and enjoy every moment through the journey of, not only the walk but, all aspects of my life. And then I think, “why not?”
So…I’m trying to give myself permission to do just that!
Give yourself PERMISSION to enjoy the journey! Great things are waiting!