Yesterday afternoon I was driving to the supermarket. My husband had forgotten one of our bags, and I volunteered to go and retrieve it as he had already run the food shopping gauntlet for the afternoon. As I was waiting for my turn at the round-about near home, I noticed how beautiful the light was becoming. Instead of turning right at the round-about I went all the way around, and back home to pick up my camera, recently found tripod (still hiding in a box from our move three years ago) and my son. We went to chase the light.
We had a beautiful hour together, driving around our area looking for places to stop and take photos. We chose a safe location on the side of the road, bordering a paddock, and played with our cameras taking in the clouds, sun and trees. I also took him to picturesque part of our town with a little babbling stream, wind whistling through the trees and a historic bridge as old as our town. We chatted away, compared photos and enjoyed the peace and quiet.
It’s not often that we take time out of our busy days to do something that we really enjoy. I ‘should’ have been doing many other things like work, folding washing and vacuuming the floor. The vacuuming waited until I got home, and the washing will still be there tomorrow (the work was finished tonight). Instead, we chased the light, relaxed and had fun. It turned out to be something that was sorely needed, and something I have now promised I will do more often. Spontaneous outings are so good for the soul.
This week, I would love you to something out of the ordinary, something spontaneous, something just for you. Perhaps it will be taking a long walk in your lunch break, treating yourself to a magazine and a coffee, or visiting a loved one you haven’t seen for a while.
If you would like to share your ‘chase the light’ moment on social media as part of 12 Weeks to Calm – Week Nine, please hashtag it #12weekstocalm so everyone participating in the project can see it and support you.
Do you take moments out of your week to pursue things you enjoy?
What will you do this week to chase the light?