Driving somewhere special, we only think of our destination, we are in the car reading (only if you're not driving I hope), listening to music or just zoning out. We pass through beautiful country and don't pay attention to a thing. Along the road there are usually signs for a scenic lookout, a pull over stop that is NOT a rest stop but a chance to gaze out at the beautiful countryside, a lake, a mountain, a sunset. All within our reach, all within our gaze, all we have to do is stop and take a look. Interrupt our journey for just a little while to gaze upon the spectacular.
Life is sometimes like that. We wake up each morning and go on our way to do the things we have on our lists, go to work to make a living, take care of our kids, our family. We don't stop along the way, not enough time, gotta get all this done in a certain period of time.
BusyBusyBusy, we lead busy lives, too busy to stop at the scenic overlook and gaze at the beauty that surrounds us. I am not just talking about mother nature, but also the people we have in our lives, or the people who we meet for only a couple of minutes in our day.
Do we take the time to talk ? to have a conversation? to find out how a neighbor is doing, how WE are doing? Not likely! we just go on, the day passes by in lightening speed without us noticing anything except our chores and our to do lists.
I am a great person for planning and for lists. I love lists, it makes me feel like I am accomplishing so much. Doing doing doing... but lately I am learning a new lesson. The lesson of noticing. Paying attention to the day, the sun, the breeze in the air. Taking the time to really have a conversation with someone I meet. Taking time to get to know a different way, a different environment. Taking the time to see how I really feel.
The Cancer has forced me to notice. Notice how I feel physically and emotionally. Take the time to take care of me, take the time to listen to what my body needs, to what I need in this moment. It is not always easy. We have been trained at an early age to do ... do this~do that, up until we lay our head on the pillow and sometimes into the night, we make plans and lists.
Our days are passing us by. Our life is passing us by and we cross off the stuff on our list without taking the time to smell the roses, enjoy the sunset, savor a meal, give someone you love a kiss for no special reason other than you love them!
Stop what you are doing, take the turn to the scenic overlook in your life. Take time to notice who and what is around you. Take the time to appreciate all that you have in your life, something simple as a fluffy pillow, a friend who is always there for you, good music that makes you want to dance. Take time in life for the good things, they are all around you ..
You just need to stop and NOTICE!!!!
I am an optimistic and happy person.. I would rather see life as exciting and challenging and enjoy every minute than dwell on the negative .. I love to cook and have my family around .. big family dinners and celebrations are always held in my home.. I have a huge table 10 feet long ..filled with food and family.. I have learned many of my mom's old recipes and try to recreate many of the dishes I grew up with .. I am teaching my grandsons to cook .. they love it! I have a wonderful,happy, loving relationship with my husband. He supports me in everything I do and is my biggest fan and taste tester.. he loves all things Italian too!
I love to cook, write, eat and laugh .. I wrote a cookbook in 2004.. the title? LIVE,LAUGH,COOK! what else!