It looked like a storm was to come. The overcast sky. The wind had died down. It was all quiet, not a leaf moved. Dark clouds moved In from everywhere.
I hurry past, pause for the briefest of time to take this snap. Worried (yet again) about my new shoes getting wet in the rain. My quick steps, my gasping for breath and my eyes focused on the ground in front of me. All the beauty around me ignored. All my thoughts hinged at getting back.
Today I wonder to myself why did I hurry? Why did I not pause? Why did I not slow down? The rain did not come at least not then, it came later in the night.
The beautiful university grounds surrounded me with lush green grass and trees - thick trunked tall trees most likely a century old. They had looked more beautiful in the filtered light coming from the dark clouds above. It was late Sunday afternoon. Hardly any people around.
Had I paused, and sat on a bench I would not have been drenched in the rain. I would have enjoyed the quietness of the grounds. Sitting still and making my soul free, free of thoughts, free of worries, free of hurrying past, free of getting nowhere, free of quick steps and free of gasping for breath. But I didn’t stop.
I ask myself what harm could a little rain have done. Why did I fear the rain? Why do I have fears? Why do I make rushed decisions? Why am I in an ever hurry to run past my life? I have missed many rains, many green grass and many tall trees.
Slow down I tell myself. Walk. Pause. Enjoy the moment. Be in the moment. Free the mind of needless worries.
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