October 31st – The Day marks the end —and November 1st—marks the beginning of the Celtic New Year. I loved the idea of a new year beginning.
Last October 30th, I did my very first blog with a lot of help from my very patient Sister, Donna. A new new world opened up for me as I realized I enjoyed writing stories.
Today as I took my morning walk, I looked for hints of what to focus on going forward into this New Celtic Year. As I strolled down the quiet street, I spotted a foursome of women flying their golf balls onto the dewy # 6 green. There wasn’t a sound other than the clang of putters being hauled from their golf bags. Suddenly I had a yearning to be out there with them in the fresh air sizing up my putt.
I hadn’t been able to golf in the last year due to back surgery but now was giving serious thought to getting back to it. I missed the exercise, comraderie and friendships of the sport (a glass of Pinot with ice at the end of the game as we chatted about our round was a real treat).
A plan started forming —I would continue my walking and add an extra ten minutes each week until I was comfortable walking an hour. After Xmas, I would start pitching and putting!
As I continued my walk, I saw a sign that made me chuckle:
Twice in the last week, I got a subtle message to “slow down” —-one came in my birthday horoscope and the other came in my morning reading. This sign was a bit more direct. All my life I rushed around trying to get everything done on my list. Now that I was retired I just continued rushing everywhere. I never stopped long enough to ask myself why. This would be another thing I could work on but how?
My walk was halfway finished when I came to a spot that totally “slowed me down”.
The answer to “how” was just stop and be mindful of each thing as it unfolded!
As I gazed at the beauty before me, a mantra for the New Year popped into my brain: “Slow down and need less”
Then I stopped and glanced up at the sky…..