Hey there! I hope you are having a great start to your weekend. Today is Saturday Splurge and instead of writing about my planned topic for the day, I was inspired during something I was doing a little earlier and I decided that's what I wanted to share with you. It started out as a cloudy, rainy day, but the sky quickly became blue and sunny in the early afternoon, which allowed me to enjoy the day even more.
Once I finished my lunch and our son was down for a nap my wife and I headed outside to the garden. What started off as an ordinary homeowner "chore" turned into some "relaxing" and creative fun in the sun. Working with dirt in the garden and being connected to nature is very grounding and offers a unique calmness. Due to the sun and organic material in the soil, there is a lot of energy stored in the soil, which is released when you are working in the garden.
The reason I was outside was to level the paving bricks around our flower bed out back. I have never done small time "hardscaping", but I was up for the challenge. I mean, how hard could it be?? Well, it turns out -- it was pretty easy. However, it kept my mind focused on what I had do for awhile. That was nice because it was a simple and fun, plus I was getting plenty of sun and fresh air.
Once I started moving the existing bricks there plenty of little creatures in the dirt to keep me company (aside from my wife who was with me as well). I love working outside with my wife because she has such a green thumb and has such a passion for gardens, plants, etc. Out of nowhere this slug started crawling on this brick. I was using and moving the brick around and then within seconds he was on top of the brick. He was moving pretty fast too -- maybe he was in a hurry to get somewhere :)
I don't know about you, but I've always enjoyed nature. Just watching and observing animals, insects, whatever it is. I always feel a sense of calm and peace being around it. We live in such a face paced world today that it's important to find something that allows you to slow down and TRULY feel a sense of peace. You can find so much joy in those moments that it makes it worth even just 10 minutes in that state.
Before I knew it, hours had passed and the brick wall was looking great. Yes, it got the seal of approval from the wife, which is how I knew I was doing a good job. Haha! She has wanted to get this little wall fixed up for quite some time now, so I'm glad I was able to help. This quickly turned into my splurge for the day because even though it might not sound like the most ideal way to be spending your sunny, Saturday afternoon -- I was quite content. Hence the big smile on my face :)
However, I had to stand up periodically because my lower back was reminding me that I wasn't keeping it in the most ideal position. I will get some good stretching and mobilizations in tonight while laying on the floor. It's important to keep the body loose and mobile, especially after staying in any one position or a good amount of time. So, I encourage you to experience spending some time in your garden or just the dirt with nature and all of the wonderful energy it has to offer. It can also serve as some great activity for the day, as most gardening is very physical. Please share your experience either in the comments below or message me HERE on Facebook... I would love to connect with you there as well. Enjoy your weekend!