I was born and raised in New York City. Whenever I say that, I’m neither bragging nor complaining but just stating a fact that answers so many questions and makes people often say, “Oh, now I get it!” Some people are taken aback by my accent or colloquial usage, which together often result in a blank stare. For many others it’s my stoic demeanor that keeps them guessing which is the safest best – approach or beware. Anyone who’s accompanied me anywhere would say it’s my fast paced walk, which carries enough force to clear the streets of this southern NC town I now call home. I used to wonder what’s wrong with these folks moving so slow, but then I realized that question needed to be directed inward.
Since this area is heavily populated with what they call “relocated Yankees”, I figured I’d feel right at home amongst my fellow Northerners. Like most of them, there were things I initially found frustrating about living in the south. At the top of my list was the slow pace of EVERYTHING!!! I’d enacted a speed minimum law and they were all in violation.
It took a while, but I finally came around to the more relaxed lifestyle. Instead of letting what I could not change affect me so much, I began to concentrate on what was within my control. Doing so made me question why I walked with such intensity at all times, regardless of purpose. Once I became more cognizant of such a habit, I realized I was so focused on my destination I was missing out on the journey.
Self-awareness is a powerful thing, and it’s allowed me to change for the better in many regards. I’ve gained a greater appreciation of my surroundings, both people and places. Exercising an amble pace has given me the opportunity to meet some great folks by taking a second to look up and say hello. It’s also afforded me the time to relieve my mind from stressing about where I’m going and what I’m doing, and simply be thankful for where I am.
The present moment in time is all we have, and it deserves our complete attention.
Daily Word Prompt: Amble
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