It’s that time of year again. Enjoying a long holiday weekend, getting together with family, eating too much and watching football games. Rushing from place to place trying to get an early start on Christmas shopping. Studying hard for end of semester exams or finishing budgets for 2014. Running the last of your maintenance agreements before the cold weather arrives and demand service starts getting hectic. Finishing that construction project before the end of the year. It seems that it should not yet be this time of the year and we remark, “I can’t believe it’s already Thanksgiving, the year has gone by so fast.” Indeed it has. We live in a busy world which seems to spin a little faster every cycle.
The other day I took a walk through a nature preserve near our house. It is a 2 acre retreat where I can decompress from some of the craziness described above. At one point I noticed a young lady well-dressed in a matching jogging suit enter the trail with her dog. She was talking a mile a minute on her cell phone and barely acknowledged me as we passed. Some time later I passed her again as she was returning to her starting point, she was still on her phone and did not acknowledge me at all. I had to wonder whether or not she arrived back home more stressed than when she started her walk. Had her life burdens increased as a result of that phone call or had she added items to her to do list? I’ll bet there are a couple of things she did not do, and that is to enjoy the beauty of a colorful late fall in Texas, or the look and feel of a perfect fall day with mild temperatures. The large trees near the creek where she lives were showing off in their display of red, orange, yellow and green. We don’t always get a lot of color this time of the year in Texas, but this fall was not one of those years.
In the midst of all your plans and all your to do lists, don’t forget to take time to appreciate and give thanks for all those things we don’t often think about. Our health, the display of nature around us, our business, our friends and our family. This is the time of the year to put a little balance in our lives. Happy Thanksgiving.