We just got home from our Sunday family dinner at my parents house and we were getting the kids to bed. The kids were exhausted from a long weekend (and from being up too late last night which was entirely our fault) and they were CRANKY. It was one of those moments where everyone is tired and everyone is whining and everyone just needs space from one another. So, once my babies were safely snuggled in their beds, I grabbed my boots and stepped out onto my deck for a breath of fresh air.
I never do this.
I don’t know what exactly compelled me to go out there, but I did. And then, a weird thought popped into my head… go lay in the snow and look at the stars. Huh? Maybe I had more to drink at dinner than I thought! A 1001 reasons to not do something so weird and foolish ran through my head. But, all of a sudden, I realized this might be one of those moments. No, it’s not completely crazy or terribly hard, but it was unusual.
So – I walked right down into my yard, laid down in the cold, wet snow and looked up.
I don’t know how long I laid there. The only noise I could hear was my lungs breathing in all the quiet and the calm of the cold night sky. The only thought in my mind was…. nothing. Just quiet.
When I came in, and warmed up, I recognized that the clarity and calm stayed with me. I felt focused and ready to take on my very busy week. It was like I received a mini re-charge out there with only the sky and the snow and my breath.
And all those 1001 reasons? Excuses.