Last Friday I took my daughters to the zoo. It was our first time to go to the zoo not as a whole family or even with a group of friends. It turned out perfectly. It was so nice just getting to focus on my girls and the zoo was practically empty of other visitors. We ended up walking around and exploring for over four hours.
Today we skipped story time at the library and stopped at one of my favorite parks instead. When I told my daughter time was up on the playground she was happy to hear we were not going home. Instead we did a nature walk down the path, pausing and listening to the rustling leaves and watching as squirrels played. We only made it an hour because of the cooler temperatures and the need for lunch but it was satisfying all the same.
I love taking time to listen to my own needs. Often times I find my preschooler gets as much if not more from these activities than I do despite doing it for myself. It really is true that taking care of myself nourishes my whole family. And I am a "better" version of myself when I take this time.
I'm grateful for the weather having some warmer days still that allow me to play outside. I'm grateful for a wonderful day at the zoo. I'm grateful to feel calmer from the time spent outside. I'm grateful for our nature walk today and the way my daughter focused and quieted when we searched for what was in the leaves. I'm grateful for her reminder to just be quiet and listen. I'm grateful for parks that have both fun playgrounds and long nature trails. I'm grateful to see how much my daughter loved our outing and the way it reinforces taking more time like this. I'm grateful to just breathe some fresh air and find my center.
What helps you find your center? When was the last time you took a stroll in nature and really listened?
May today grant us the peace that only nature provides. May we remember to nourish our hearts and souls. May we be blessed to have loved ones who enjoy the same. Have a beautiful day!