I did something radically unusual yesterday. I ate lunch outside.
You, likely, are thinking what’s the big deal? And, technically, it’s not other than I never take the time to do that.
I work from home at times and I certainly have the freedom to eat my lunch anyplace I like and yet often I find myself eating in front of the computer, or eating while working on something for later in the day.
Like many of you, I work through lunch. Don’t get me wrong I never miss lunch if I can help it but I usually don’t stop working.
But my husband yesterday was texting me from his part-time job at a local golf course and he kept raving about the nice weather. He was telling me that sunshine was “making everyone delirious” and how “awesome” it was.
And I thought, why am I not outside at least for a little while?
So I made myself a quick little stir-fry and put myself on the front porch for lunch. It was a beautiful day, not quite 70, breezy and refreshing.
I could feel the warmth of the sun on my face, take in the fresh air and just be. I didn’t have the TV on, I wasn’t listening to music, I was just sitting there because I could.
I could’ve stayed out there all day and waited for a drink to be delivered to my cabana but I wasn’t poolside, I don’t actually have a cabana, and I am not sure who would’ve thought to bring me a cocktail but a girl can dream.
When I went back to work afterward I felt so good. I was relaxed and happy.
We ask ourselves this question all the time: why don’t I do (fill in the blank) more often?
Why don’t we? More often than not the thing we are questioning is something small like eating lunch outside, getting a manicure on occasion, or a massage, or having lunch with a friend.
Why don’t we do these things more often? But what I really think we are asking is why don’t I LIVE my life more often?
Ouch, that kinda hurts when you say it, doesn’t it? I am not living my life often enough.
I’d love to say that this epiphany sponsored by sunshine has solved all my problems and my priorities are now in order. Meh… maybe a little more. I can say that on the days I am home for lunch I am going to spend more of them outside than in. We’ll start with that and see if it leads to more serious corruption like working on my computer outside.
Sunshine & Sarcasm,
Lowi & G