I like foggy days. It’s a way to press the “pause” button.
If your life is anything like mine, many days it feels as if everything is careening out of control, headed toward a cliff—and taking me with it! Thank goodness for foggy days!
On a foggy day you have to slow down and drive a little more carefully. You can’t see too far down the road so you don’t have as much warning of what’s up ahead. And, because of that, foggy days force you to pay attention and focus on the moment.
Once you do that, you notice the special ambiance that the fog creates—how sharp edges are softened and parts of buildings, trees, and the landscape seem to disappear. And you may notice the dichotomy of some colors being muted but others becoming more vibrant. For instance, during my ride to work this morning I notice the trees and their colors were diffuse and blended into the neutral gray of the fog but yet the green grass was more vibrant against this muted palette.
Another benefit is as you slow down and focus on the moment, time relaxes and expands—as if you’ve pressed the “pause” button.
When you go slower and pause, space forms between your thoughts. And, it’s in this space that creativity springs forth.
You’re homework today is to enjoy your foggy day. Even if you don’t actually have one, pretend that you do. Slow down, take it easy; pause. Give some space—some elbow room—between your thoughts. Gently (so as not to disturb this state you’re in), note how you’re feeling. Softly challenge yourself to keep this peaceful feeling going as long as you can.
Then, with serenity, take the next step!
This I know for sure: you can do it!
Post in the comments section about your experiences of slowing down and being more aware of yourself and your surroundings.
I’m so proud of you! You rock!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,