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Fall Into a New Perspective – Take a Walk!

I got up this morning with the blahs. I still woke up happy to be alive. I made my list of all the many reasons to be grateful. Let’s see,

  • I have my health.
  • I live in a comfortable home.
  • I have a great relationship with my son, who is a stellar human.
  • I have a great dog, albeit diapers have crept into the picture.
  • I am passionate about my career.
  • People tell me I inspire them and teach them alternatives to create more joy in their life. (It truly does not get better than that.)
  • I even have fresh basil to make pesto.

Of course, that is only part of a long list of my reasons to be grateful. I even laughed out loud, but still I had the blahs! I tried to pinpoint what the heck was going on and the thought came into the forefront of my brain, “Purpose”. What is my sense of purpose? Why do I wake up every day and move forward? These were particularly strange thoughts for me, The Attitude Enhancer.

Feeling stuck and thankful to be aware of that, I decided to take my dog for a walk. I have always known that getting out of the environment where I am feeling the blahs helps to change my perspective. However, let’s face it, we don’t always do what we know would be good for us, do we? Realizing I had made a decision to MOVE out of my grumpy space, as soon as I stepped out the door, I celebrated that I made that good choice. It was a beautiful day in Pittsburgh and the warm air just felt good on my skin. Sometimes it is the little morsels of awareness that can make a significant difference.

I continued my walk, headphones on, with The Black Eyed Peas Pandora station giving me the beat to walk with a hip hop swagger. I was following the thoughts in my head which just kept coming back to “Purpose.” Why am I here? Who cares? And then the flood gates opened. I realized that my birthday is coming soon, and to me that special day has always been like New Years is to others. It is an opportunity for me to reflect and plan. However, reflecting only makes me think of the past which is gone and done, with no way to change it. Planning is good, for ideas and goals, but being stuck there only gets in the way of enjoying the moment. The future is unwritten. I have no real idea what it will look like. Life is like that. How many times have you said to yourself, “Who knew this would happen?”

I started to feel my walk. I got warm. My legs felt each step up hill, the endorphins kicked in and then my world changed. A man sitting on his front porch said hi from across the street. He had a big smile on his weathered and bearded face. His dog, the size of a bear, lumbering in a sweet way, with no aggressive behavior, peeked off the porch to check out my petite Lucky Dog. I could almost see the dog smile like the man. That moment changed everything. It was like a scene in a movie where the whole story is put in perspective. My life was that warm and inviting moment filled with connection, sharing and beauty. My senses were keener and I found my sense of purpose was to be open to all that life was offering to me in that moment and in each moment after that.

A walk had given me the perspective I needed to rid myself of the blahs and realize once again the gifts that my life is so full of. Let’s hope I remember as quickly the next time. Yes, there will be a next time. I am human and not perfect. Celebrate when you are not perfect. It is life giving you an opportunity to grow.

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