Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Walk Outside and Look Up

Every now and then I feel restless, irritable and discontented.

I am so far from being mindful, I don't know how to keep still.  I don't want to go to the playpark with my daughter.  I want to talk, fast, to strategise.  In short, my mind is full of work and business. I've lost the ability to just be. 

That was me today.  And of course I felt guilty.  Because I was walking up the hill with my little daughter and  her company is precious but I was missing it in a haze of restlessness and discontent. 

And then I looked up.

Sky by Powellizer


And I saw the sky.  And it reminded me that I don't look up very often. In fact, most often, I'm looking down at a square of illuminated screen a few inches from my nose. At phones. At computers.  

But when I looked up and saw the vastness of the sky the world seemed bigger and full of limitless opportunity.  The clouds were racing and it reminded me that everything changes, that you are never truly trapped or limited unless you limit yourself. 

Joy welled up and I shared it with my daughter, showed her the racing clouds and the movement of the sky.  Our whole walk home was transformed. 

Argyll Peninsula by Meg McNulty aka ME 

So whether you've got your head stuck in NaNoWriMo, you're stressed with work or tired from being woken in the night, I'm asking you to step outside of your house for one minute and look up.  Look through the trees.  Look at the sunset or the vast white arc of a winter sky.  Look at the storm clouds or the bright disc of the sun.  

And just... 


...be. 

5 comments:

Lisa Shambrook said...

I did enjoy a post writing walk with the dog today in the dark with hubby...no stars, too cloudy, but nice to just be out. Yesterday the sky was littered with stars and that's how I like to view our limitless universe!
I like to gaze at the moon and the stars...

Meg McNulty said...

Lovely! So easy to forget to look up - in buildings too. Was in the National Museum of Scotland at a masked ball (really!) and looked up and the ceiling was glass and all the golden dancing people captured in it as though in a snow globe. Amazing! And so nearly unseen...

Sophie Moss said...

I think I'll head outside right now and look at the stars. Thank you for this. :)

Lisa Shambrook said...

A masked ball, wow! Would love to see that ceiling...will have to make do with the stars!

Meg McNulty said...

:-) it looked lovely because it looked like stars!