Because I hate grocery shopping…

You know how almost all of us have this long “to do” list every day/weekend of stuff that “should” get done?

I have been making a concerted effort to enjoy moments as much as possible, as well as learning to deviate from the “planned” path now and then.

Last week I went on a business trip. I was able to completely unplug for three days and it was terrific. I was able to focus on work and really enjoy the people whom I was with and what we were there to do.

Back home, that kind of focus is a lot harder to accomplish. So many demands, yellow stickies of “to do” items, and there just never seems to be enough time.

I tried to keep that in perspective as I started my weekend. 

Take the time to enjoy the little things. Say, “Why not?” a little more often.
Some people are definitely better at that than others. It should be contagious.

Saturday afternoon my boys and I were at my friend Julie’s house. We were working off a “to do” list. Our kids are the same age and we had promised them that they could go in the pool and jacuzzi when we were done.

It was 55 degrees out and cold. However, I talked her into it because we’d been in the kitchen for several hours just prepping all our raw foods for the week. 

The best part? Not only was it 55 degrees; the sky was full of dark rain clouds and light showers. 

Quite honestly, that usually doesn’t work for me. I’m solar-powered and require a temperature of 78 degrees+ and near constant-sunlight.

However, we ended up just sitting in the hot tub with the boys while it rained. We just kept right on talking. The boys just kept playing. It was wonderful.

Then I took them home, because the yellow stickies were piling up, and I had to go to the grocery store. 

For those who know me well, I’m not a hater. 

*BUT* 

I hate grocery shopping. I hate having to go. I hate spending money. I hate knowing some of it will go to waste. I hate having to decided between paper and plastic. I hate that I forget to “bring a bag” (like I have enough that would fit my groceries). I hate coming home and putting it all away because it never seems to fit in the fridge. 

No matter how hard I try to stay organized, it always feels like extra credit when my groceries actually fit. 

Yet. These are things that have to be done. So, off I drove to the grocery store. 

Then it started raining again. 

I love the rain. 

Then I realized the beach was only 20 minutes away. 

I love the beach.

I hadn’t seen it in three days. 

Wow. Beach and rain together. Two things that I love.  

It wasn’t even a conscious decision.

I immediately made a u-turn and drove to the beach. 

I walked up and down in the light rain, listened to my favorite songs, watched all the surfers (still thinking they’re nuts, yet inspiring), contemplated my upcoming surfing lessons (because I just have to know what it’s all about first hand) and took pictures until the sun came out.
For awhile, I just stood there staring at the ocean. The rain was subsiding and the sunlight was beginning to break through the clouds.

I turned off my music and just listened to the waves and the seagulls. I took deep breaths of the air mixed with fresh rain and the salty air. 

I couldn’t stop smiling. 

An hour later I was back at the grocery store working on my “to do” list and could not have been happier.

When I got home, I finally scheduled my first surfing lesson.

After all, why not?

When is the last time you diverged from your daily routine and did something, no matter how small, that inspires you?

My favorite beach. It’s raining lightly but you can’t tell in this photo.
I love that rain didn’t deter the beach bonfires.
I love that rain didn’t deter the surfers.
I love that rain didn’t deter the beach combers.
I love that I could make this “on my way” to the grocery store. 
…even though it was technically on the other side of town.
To quote Pink Floyd:
“All you touch, and all you see is all your life will ever be.”
1 Comment and 0 Replies
    • OMSH
    • 02.03.2011

    WONDERFUL! Those little "treats" we give ourselves add up to a happier, more joyful Momma. Thanks for the reminder to just DO the things we need to do for ourselves to keep our "well" filled. :)

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