My first bike ride of the year this morning reminded me of what I missed so much over the past few months — nature in all its glory.
I was fortunate enough to capture what may well be the final seasonal blossoms of these mountain laurel bushes, the Pennsylvania state flower. I also ran across squirrels, birds and deer on my morning jaunt (not literally!).
Today I made time to hit the trail, despite aches and restrictions that I’ve allowed to chain me to my home over the past half year. Where did the time go?
Time has a way of getting away from us. It moves ahead one second at a time — it’s the same for us all. If we don’t make the time to do the things we really enjoy, we may miss the little pleasures people or nature shares with us in each moment. If I waited until this coming weekend for my bike ride, I probably would not have seen these blossoms.
We each have 24 hours in a day. Yes, we all have commitments, but we also have a choice in how we commit our time and energies. Today I chose a much-needed bike ride. Despite some challenges, I adjusted and I was able to refresh my spirit and partake of nature’s beauty once again. I could have chosen to watch Good Morning America, but the smell of fresh, earthy air, the sounds of water spashing on rocks in the creek and the sight of many of nature’s gifts will last with me much longer than the morning news.
Now is the only time there is. What are we waiting for? Why not try a little harder to make the time to do what brings you pleasure? What will do you today to make time for what’s important?