Since summer decided to blow us a kiss today & let us know that she is never far away, I’ve cashed in on spending as much time as possible outdoors. Fact is, I’m typing this while sitting outside. My screen brightness is set to ‘max’ so I can actually see what I’m typing, but the sunshine is warming my shoulders and the crisp Fall breeze blowing through my hair. It if weren’t for sharing the space with spiders, I would be tempted to spend the night outdoors tonight. It’s that gorgeous.
While I was out walking today, I took a path I don’t usually take, and when I got to a particular cross walk, there was this yield sign. I was oohing and aaahing at the colors of the foliage, something I appreciate deeply this time of the year. Growing up on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, Fall foliage wasn’t something we were accustomed to, so when I spent several years living in Williamsburg, VA I grew to love and appreciate the depth of of color. The last hurrah before the ‘winter sleep’.
At first glance, I was going to walk in front of the yield sign to grab a quick snap with my iPhone, but then the depth of that sign hit me: Yield.
to give way to-
to give way to-
to give way to-
As I pondered those words, I realized that it had much more meaning than automobiles giving the right-of-way to the traffic coming from the main road, but instead, also an invitation to yield the moment.
In a brief pause, I thought about how we tend to find ourselves running from one appointment to the next, not only being busy, but also talking about how busy we are, in some cases as though it is a sort of trophy. It isn’t, because there is always something going on somewhere and we are thinking about ‘what’s next’. So much so that we rarely tend to take the time to yield to what is in front of us, to take a moment, to let everything else go and fully ‘be’ and appreciate the moment we are in for what it is. It is called present for a reason. This moment truly is a gift!
That sign was a reminder to me. Even though I am pretty good about taking those moments, I also know that I am easily pulled from one distraction to the next, and I do have the power to change that.
We all do, simply by choosing to yield and let everything else go- breathe and focus on the moment at hand.
Yielding can mean different things for different people. For some it may be unplugging from social media, for others it may mean spending more time with their children, for others it may mean taking time to make a phone call you have been planning to make but haven’t made the time for.
There are no right or wrong, but simply what speaks to you- What is something YOU want to yield to?
Me personally- It’s taking the time to write my great aunt a snail mail letter to let her know that I am thinking of her, love her an am grateful for her place in my life, to yield more time for exercise, to spend more time writing. Those are for starters. This list will ebb and flow, as does life, but being conscious of and yielding to what warrants it in the moment is the beauty of the journey.
I would love to hear how YOU yielded. Drop me a note in comments, or leave us a comment on Facebook- or drop me an email.