I choose my Facebook friends with the same philosophy as “real-life” friends. Quality over quantity. Every morning, one friend posts an insightful thought on her wall to begin the day. I always look forward to these sparks of inspiration. This morning it was from the infamous author unknown.
What I am doing today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it. ~Author Unknown
Such a simple statement really woke me up, even before my morning coffee kicked in. What was I doing today? Even after my last article emphasized experiencing life, I found myself drifting into the prohibited doldrums zone. Whatever I do today must be important. If I don’t feel like what I’m doing is important, I need to make it so.
Staring at my 24″ monitor filled with computer code blurring my vision (figuratively and literally), I realize the most important thing I can do right now is absorb some Vitamin D courtesy of the Florida sunshine that I know exists outside my cave.
Hopping into the car, windows down, I find myself cruising over the Melbourne Causeway towards the border between land and sea. I’ve flown over this threshold many times before as a part of my flight training. The small strip of beach that separates land from water is like a proverbial line in the sand. It separates the known from the unknown. It is calling out to the daring soul to cross its line and explore despite the crashing waves that push you back. The loggerhead turtles do it. Why don’t we?
As I coast into the parking spot at Bizzarro’s Pizza on the beach, I look forward to my two slices of cheese pizza and a sweet tea. I sometimes forget that the Atlantic Ocean is my virtual backyard. Less than a 10 minute drive from home or work and I am at that line in the sand, able to appreciate nature’s beauty. Able to dream about adventure to lands beyond. This led me to ponder an article by a fellow writer earlier this week about being home.
What is home? Is it just a physical structure? Is it the people in your life? Is it defined by the environment that surrounds you?
For me, home is whenever and wherever I am in harmony with my surroundings while feeling relaxed, comfortable, and at peace. Sometimes, this is in my physical house. At other times it may be on a trail in the back-country, or among shelves of books in a bookstore. I am reminded that home is ultimately wherever we can go to let go of the challenges of the day and just unwind, a place to recharge your batteries and be yourself.
So, was this the most important thing I could have done today? Some would say no. Others may say yes. The bottom line is that I became aware of an important fact. I should be grateful for what is right in front of my eyes. My thoughts, my surroundings, my relationships. And that realization is truly a little slice of heaven.
What are you doing today?