Do you ever just feel heavy? Like the burden of the world and all of the demands of life is sitting atop your shoulders weighing down your otherwise happy spirit? I think that as busy moms, regardless of what our daily schedule looks like, we all feel that pressure to do more, help more, create more, cook more.
When you take a walk through nature, though, you are reminded of the bigger picture. The babbling brooks, the rustling leaves, and the space.
The space in the air to take a deep breath. The space in the sky to let your eyes wander from cloud to cloud. Nature allows your mind the freedom to wander just like the water through the woods. The open air allows for a child’s laughter, screams, and squeals without worry of who they might be disturbing.
In my profession, many days pass when I spend no time outdoors except to get in and out of my car, and it is those stretches of days where the heaviness sets in. Those are the days when I hear but don’t listen, and look but don’t see. Sure, the unpredictable Spring weather doesn’t always make it easy to enjoy the fresh air, but there are days when the sun peeks through if only for a minute.
What about other ways to let the air rush in? What about rolling those windows down for a second? Or running around in the front yard for just a minute with that toddler whose energy is superhuman?
Sometimes just beginning a week by getting out of the house, instead of wasting away the morning can breathe energy and life back into our family. Catching a glimpse of the world outside reminds us again of that bigger picture and lets that happy spirit right back in.