Any given Sunday afternoon
Any given Sunday afternoon
Sunday's should be for relaxing and engaging in leisure activities. Whether you spend time with your kids, grandkids, partners or just yourself, make it a day of stepping away from the normal routines of the rest of the week.
Too many people in today's race-against-time tend to feel guilty when it comes to taking time out, doing nothing. Even though what they consider to be nothing is in fact something very important to a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Children don't have to be encouraged to take time out, it comes naturally, but children also learn by example so it's up to us to set a good one. Many parents arrange play dates for their kids, out of necessity, to work around their own busy schedules. Perhaps it would be a good idea to do it for themselves as well so we teach children that it's alright to take time out to smell the roses.
Remember when you were a kid and you reached that moment when you couldn't wait to grow up... to go from ten to thirteen in one fell swop, then to anxiously await sixteen and then... and then what? When you arrived at your age of desire did it feel like what you had imagined? Probably not for most and somewhat for the rest. Why were we in such a rush to grow up or at least get older? Some of us never grow up, but is that a bad thing? I'm a responsible adult, however, I don't consider myself to be grown up.
To be a grown up, what is that? You're short you grow tall, then you grow old and get short again. What's the rush? I tried very hard not to pass this legacy onto my own kids. I encouraged them everyday to cherish and enjoy everything around them and still do. Of course I want them to succeed in life, but mostly I want them to be happy and age without regrets.
Take it all in, make time everyday for an 'any given Sunday afternoon' moment. What does that mean? Look up to the sky and watch the clouds go by, change shape, what do you see? Every town or city has pigeons that return to roost on a rooftop just before sunset, find them; watch as they gracefully circle time after time before alighting for the night. Open your ears and hear the birds' melodic seranade or the breeze rustling through the leaves of the tree you may not realize is even there. Thrill at the sight of a hawk or a butterfly, share your excitement with those around you. Sure, a total stranger might look at you as though you've lost your mind, but their a total stranger! Who cares?
A few weeks ago my neighbour decided to trim a hedge that divides our two properties. Well, he butchered it, but that's another hub. The result was that as I was pulling weeds in my front garden, one of my 'any given Sunday afternoon' moments, I lifted a piece of moss and squinted to make out what lay beneath. At first I thought it to be a leaf, then a misplaced small. plastic toy. As my hand neared to pick it up it moved backward. Although misplaced, it wasn't a toy, but a tiny, bright green tree frog who's home had once been in the now dilapidated hedge. I was so excited (this is one example of me not being grown up) I wanted to show someone my treasured find. I was disappointed when I remembered there wasn't anyone else home. Then, voila, a little girl and her mom walking home from school miraculously appeared. In my excitement I shouted out, 'have you ever seen a tree frog?'. Yes, mom was stunned, confused, a bit taken aback. I'm sure her initial impression was that I was a crazy lady, but the little girl responded with a smile and a giggle, 'no, do you have one?'. I motioned mom and daughter to come peek under the moss to behold a frightened, misplaced little green frog. They stayed staring at it for a good five minutes and we talked about how sad it was that he didn't have a home anymore, there is a lesson in everything if we look for it. Then mom thanked me for stopping them to share something they had never seen before and they continued on their way with a story to tell.
Oh, how I love not being grown up, but always growing, sharing and finding excitement in the small joys of any given Sunday afternoon regardless of the weekday.
This hub is one of those moments, I hope you enjoy it and the photos of the green tree frog. Now I'm off to the dyke with my husband and cat, yet another hub to come, for this Sunday afternoon's adventure.
The late George Carlin said it best, there's a link for his wisdom below.
Green tree frogClick thumbnail to view full-size
Full of good humour!