ALL OF THE small THINGS
Today marks the beginning of my weekend and I decided against going to The big city which is about an hour and a half away. After driving over two hours to and from work all week…I think I’ll pass. Lol.
I decided to keep it simple today by going to the gym which is a twenty-minute drive away from where I live. Incase you haven’t realized, I reside in a very remote town. Therefore, having a car is necessary and driving a long distance for a small ounce of normalcy is so needed.
In order to make the trip to the gym a little less mundane, I decided to pay closer attention to ‘all the small things’. You know it’s amazing how much a person misses particularly when you are immersed within your routines. We get so caught up and forget to pay attention to the littles details of life that surround us. Often times it’s the small things that remind us that we are alive.
ALL THE small THINGS that caught my attention.
1. The strategically placed date trees that line the highway.
2. The endless supply of water hoses needed to keep the trees alive.
3. The cement highway that maneuvers its way through the desert.
4. Manmade forests planted in the middle of the desert.
5. Speed radars that often inconvenience us but serve a greater purpose…..safety!
6. Sand dune after sand dune. Tons of sand everywhere!
7. Fencing that lines the entire stretch of highway.
8. Railroad track that is being constructed throughout the entire stretch of desert.
9. Birds flying through the air seeking refuge from the baking sun.
10. Desert plants scattered in random locations indicating the abundance of water that is supposedly sitting deep beneath the desert sand.
11. A yellowish, orangey, red like color that encompasses the back drop of all that meets the eye.
12. Construction trucks off in the far desert with an array of building materials surrounding an evident camp site which houses desert workers.
13. A big white pipe that has followed me throughout my entire 20 minute drive to the gym. It shows itself periodically and then dives beneath a sand dune. Then pops back up again waving at me before it circles around the next dune. Before long it disappears deep into the desert looking back at me grinning proudly knowing its purpose and me wondering what exactly that is….
14. A man waving at me, standing in the hot sun hoping I stop to give him a ride. Sigh…..but I don’t! Sorry folks, I live in a foreign country and have found that we all have different levels of comfort. I’ve never been comfortable with picking strangers up on the side of the road. Whats crazy is, you see this often and what they will do is literally throw their bodies out onto the highway. Thinking if they just stretch out a little further, the driver will see them. I veer to the left side of the road in order to avoid hitting the man.
15. A city bus trailing behind me which will surely stop to give him a ride. I feel better now. :0)
16. I notice a peace, contentedness, quietness, stillness, that surrounds me. I turn down Alicia Keys, roll down the window, and allow the wind to circumnavigate its way into my nose and out of my mouth. As it waves goodbye to my lips, it decides to hang out for a minute in the backseat of my car looking for a seatbelt. It finds one, straps itself into the seat and demands I roll the rest of the windows down. I comply, and it smiles while happily waving goodbye to the air conditioning that joined me at the beginning of my journey to the gym. Instantly, we are joined by an abundance of warm air that reminds me of where I am. The hot desert! The wind and its friends (sand and humidity) demand I slow down as they all work together and begin to shake my car from side to side. I release my foot off of the gas pedal and that’s when I really begin to ride with the wind, sand and humidity. Oddly, it felt nice to let go and just coast along the highway. The car stops shaking. The sand settles into it a seat and the humidity is no longer riding on the back of my neck hanging on for dear life. As the car continues to slow down to a complete stop along the side of the road, I realize in that moment I am being taught a lesson. STOP AND BE STILL. THIS IS WHEN YOU TRULY ARE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE ALL OF THE small THINGS.
17. The wind, sand and humidity let themselves out of the car and motion for me to walk over to the side of the desert highway. Together they begin to run in circles creating a small desert twister. I back up not exactly sure what’s happening. As they spin round, and round and round the mini cyclone rises into the warm air high above the hot desert. I call out to my new friends, “wind, sand, humidity!” They disappear behind a cloud that sits all alone in the clear blue sky. I stand there for a moment and ponder all that has happened and realize for the first time in my entire life this is what it feels like to just BE IN THE MOMENT.
I get into my car and make a promise to myself to take time out of everyday to not DO anything and just BE. This is what life is all about folks! ALL THE small THINGS! :0)