They say it takes 21 days to form a habit, so I don't know if that will mean 21 Fridays or just 21 days. So I am either 8 days or 2 days into forming a new habit. The habit of slowing down. It is still hard. I have a list of things I want to do each Friday, and the list usually involves more things than I realistically have time to do. I really need to let this list go. I follow a to-do list very effectively the other 4 days of the week. On Fridays I need to just have a starting point and let the day evolve from there.
We have driven by it many times over the years, and I may have even been here once when I was young. I have always wanted to stop, and today was the day. The weather was glorious today, upper 60's and sunny with a slight breeze.
I parked in the gravel parking lot, grabbed my camera, iPhone, and Pumpkin Spice Latte. I set out to do a quick walk and grab some photos.
Thankfully once I started walking I came to my senses. My inner monologue (new phrase for the voice in my head, thanks to the High School teacher that taught last Sunday's sermon) said "Sarah, slow down, you don't have any place else that you have to be today. Take your time, enjoy this beautiful day and really SEE what is around you".
I am so glad that I listened. This park is Veterans Memorial Park, formally dedicated in 1934 it is a memorial to all who have served in the nation's armed forces, whether they have passed on or are still alive to remember the experience.
I find it a bit oddly located. Centered between two busy roads, it is in the shadow of the power plant, and there are LOTS of electrical wires overhead.
Once you get over those facts though you can take in its beauty. The walking path is lined with these plaques, names of people, names like Stanley, Corbett, Rex, Arthur and Thomas, and the years that they served our country.
There are some that you know didn't make it back from their tour of duty...WWII, Vietnam. I wonder what their lives would have been like if they had lived. Who would they have married, or did they leave a widow behind? Were there children left fatherless? What is the world missing out on because these men are gone?
I think in the end they would love to be sitting on the bench where I am today, enjoying the sunshine, taking the time to slow down and enjoy life. So I need to remember this gift I have and not take it for granted.
Joining my friend Helen for Weekend Walks
Joining my friend Kim for Friday Finds