It’s Wednesday and you know what that means. It’s time to add a little winsomeness to your day, to your life, to your attitude.
We all know life is comprised of moments, but sometimes we forget to take time to savor the time we are given.
Most of us are intimately familiar with the fact that our thoughts determine our actions and our actions influence our emotions and attitude, and these, in turn, determine our thoughts. It’s a cyclical triangle and if we don’t choose wisely, we end up in a negative, even downward, thought pattern. In other words, we have a bad day, which can become a series of bad days, until our perception becomes so skewed we see darkness where once we saw light.
So, today, and every day, we need to take time to just be and to savor the moments of our day.
Take time to notice the beauty in the world and let it renew your soul. Look up at the clouds. Look around at the flowers. Stand still and listen to the birds as they twitter back and forth and enjoy their colors as they flit to and fro among the trees.
Take time to create or to enjoy art; it’s all around us if we are willing to see it. Photos on a co-workers desk, photos from a favorite photographer’s blog, a child’s unhindered creativity on a blank piece of paper. Take time to doodle, to draw, to color, to create; you’ll be amazed at how joy-filled it makes you feel.
Take time to read a good story so that you can live out your story with greater courage and boldness and delight (even better if you are able to set aside a chunk of time to read and drink a cup of coffee, a glass of wine, some seltzer or another favorite beverage, like maybe Dr. Pepper).
Take time to explore or to take a walk or to run down a grassy hill. Do you remember the joy you felt as a child when you rolled or ran down the hill in the backyard or at your grandparents’ house or in the neighborhood park? Take time to immerse yourself in those moments today; even better, share them with your kiddos or a friend or your spouse.
Take time to listen to the sound of your feet moving over the gravel of a hiking path or exercise your imagination as you wonder where the train tracks next to the road once carried its passengers (to meet loved ones, to find their fortune, to find their freedom).
Life is filled with choices and we are given the freedom to choose what we will do and how we will fill each day. Yes, there are many things that demand our time and attention. Even so, we can take time to feed our soul, to breathe, to soak in the wonder that surrounds us.
We can take time be winsome.
I’d love to see and hear how you choose to feed your soul today. Share your pictures and adventures in the comments and show us your winsomeness today.