Today I took the short cuts. I stayed in bed playing on my phone for far too long after I woke up. I started my computer work with YouTube playing. I accomplished the bare minimum and rewarded myself with excessive television and napping. As a result, I was feeling short. Short on energy, short on clarity, and coming up short on my goals. The short cuts I took caused me to eat easy foods that required minimal prep time and had minimal nutritional value. I couldn’t bring myself to go to the gym and any motivation I had in me when the morning started was quickly consumed by Netflix.

I knew I felt miserable because of my inactivity today. I did not do anything to stimulate my mind, body, or spirit, and I desperately knew I had to. So I mustered up enough courage to go for a walk in the trails by my home. I wish I could sit here and tell you that this walk was completely life altering and never again will I have a short cut day where I am so bored and yet I keep refreshing Instagram. I also wish that I could tell you that my walk reversed any sort of “damage” I had done today. In some ways those thoughts are equally as ephemeral, containing no real tangibility for redirection.

What I can tell you is that my walk reminded me of the “todays.” Trying to stay present is a difficulty of mine, and each “today” is a new learning experience and an opportunity to practice mindful living. Being out in nature reminds me of the kind of person I want to be, attentive, clear headed, and at peace. While today might not have been the example of who I want to be, I know there will be another today, tomorrow. All I have to do to seize the day is to ask myself, “who do I want to be today?”


– Many Good Vibes –




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