Every morning I get out of bed, grab my cup of coffee and head outside to take Chloe, my two year old miniature schnauzer, for a walk. I used to look at this as a chore, something that I had to deal with, put up with, because it had to get done and no one else was going to do it. I'd get out the door and start egging her on to get 'her job' done so we could get back home to tackle other chores, deal with family or start working. The main goal was to get this done quickly.
Recently, however, I have really been enjoying this morning alone time.... and have come to appreciate this 'thinking' time. I look at it, as well as other areas of life, differently than I have in the past... appreciating everything I have now and appreciating everything that has passed through my life.
I tend to think alot during this time, mostly about the past, the present and the future... although... songs tend to pop into my head pretty often as well. Those are the times I tend to get strange looks from passer bys as I sway to the beat in my head.
I think about the past. The people and places that have come into my life. The moments that have helped to create the person I am. The memories make me smile and help to bring a calm inside of me knowing that they were real... knowing that they helped to bring me where I am now... knowing that as long as they stay inside of me, they will never be lost.... never be forgotten. As John Lennon said, 'In my life, I've loved them all'.
I think about the present... the now. I look at the sky, the trees, the road under my feet, the houses... I close my eyes (briefly... don't want to walk into poles!) and I breath in the air, taking in the smell of morning as I put my face up towards the sun... or rain... and feel them on my skin. And I listen to the sounds... the distant highway with so many people going places to do things, the birds chirping, the trees rustling in the wind. I think to myself, "what a wonderful world".
I think about the future. What does it have in store? I think about how through appreciation of the past and of the now.... the future is wide open. Through belief of what I can accomplish and belief in the world around me, I will get to where my desires and dreams are. I appreciate... and I believe...
And then Chloe does her job....