The Joy of Being...

The joy of just being….yesterday I played in the snow with my family making a snow fort for two hours…a huge open field of waist deep, untouched, pristine snow...we had spent the weekend away from the city and enjoyed the snow and winter wonderland of living near the mountains.  When asked at breakfast what they wanted to do today, all my kids responded resoundingly "play in the snow", the most simple and easiest things we could do.  It cost no money, it required no planning, it meant exercise and fresh air, good quality family time.  Both my husband and I reflected while we sat quietly in our snow cave that we had spent an  hour carving out…no shovels, no fancy snow fort making gear….we sat quietly, and had a moment, while our kids continued to dig and build reflecting on the moment of just being. 

I pondered how and why we are so busy, so programmed and obsessed with planning our days and activities.  In this day of being linked and constantly tied to all types of social media, phones, email, etc. why don’t we all do more of nothing, more of unplanned, spontaneous living….the need to connect with each other as individuals remains a very important aspect of aging, yet we often forget this.

My kids could have played out there for several hours longer, but eventually we needed to shift gears knowing we had a 1.5 hour drive home in snowy conditions….however it was glorious and a nice reminder that sometimes ‘not doing’ and just being is how beautiful memories are created.  As you dive into your week, take time for yourself, your family, or your loved ones. Just be. Whatever that might look like for you.  Enjoy this wonderful world we live in…