As caregivers, it’s not just our bodies that are put to the test, it’s our minds as well.
I find that I spend very little time in the moment. Part of my mind is always mulling over the latest brewing health crisis or fragile financial state.
Today I decided to go for a long walk in the park. After a raw and cold weekend, today was sunny and beautiful. I was near the end of my walk when I came upon a man feeding the ducks and geese by the park’s lake.
In the middle of the quacking flock, a young blue heron stood stock-still. It seemed very focused on the water, and while completely still, ready to spring into motion.
The man feeding the birds said that the young one had not learned how to hunt yet, but was practicing by stalking prey in the water below.
I allowed myself to just absorb the scene for several minutes.
My patience paid off. Eventually the young bird took flight.
An hour’s respite turned out to be more rewarding than I could have imagined. Sometimes it is the simplest things that can make the biggest difference in our daily routine.
How do you spend precious solitary moments away from caregiving duties?