As seen by recent blog silence, life is pretty busy these days. After more than 900 days on this project up north, we are in the final stretch before go live. Busy workdays have become even busier. But, we are also in a beautiful time of the year up here & the scenery can provide a respite from some of the intensity. Case in point…my Wednesday evening walk. After a long day at the office, I left with no plans other than picking up dinner and crashing in my hotel room. Instead, when I got back to the hotel I put the takeout in the fridge & quickly changed to go for a walk. A few minutes later, I was at the waterfront for a walk to the lighthouse.
As I stepped out of the car, this was my view. Immediately, I felt some of the stress of the day start to dissipate.
As I walked out towards the lighthouse, I took in the sights and sounds while processing the day. Birds were overhead & diving into the water for a snack. Fisherman were out. The sounds of a family along the shore. And to my right, the sound of unsettled water lapping against the breakwater.
The unsettled water seemed representative of how the day felt – all sorts things churning & vying for my attention.
After standing at the base of the lighthouse for several minutes while taking in the amazing view of the sun setting behind the towns, it was time to walk back. On the walk back, the water to my right as so calm it was almost glassy. Calm and peaceful.
As I walked back to my car, both sides of the water brought to mind a simple reminder: sometimes it is so easy to focus on the churning and sometimes the extreme calm can be mesmerizing. It is the combination of both that makeup our days – what we focus on can make all the difference in how we move through the days.