Some days my morning walk takes a while. I pause to chat to a neighbour who's off to work, say hi to a local walking her dog, check out the new treasures at the book exchange , detour into the bush to see how the mistletoe is coming along - you get the idea?
Today my walk took me to my favourite seat under the beech trees by the lake- a blue bathing cap came slowly past, (attached to a friend) .Geoff trod water while we chatted about the smoke (he's Australian) , the mountains, my latest painting and the little scaup ducks (check them out http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/new-zealand-scaup) which were busy diving underneath him in search of breakfast. A very peaceful few moments to start the day.
I've just finished (took me a month!) reading "Sapiens" (by Yuval Noah Harari) A Brief History of Mankind.It's an in depth look at Homo Sapiens, not always a comfortable thing to do. One of the things it made me realise was that we have deluded ourselves into believing that it's wrong to be contented We have become wired for constant change, improvement, growth of wealth and material things - and now it is all coming back to bite us.
There is nothing wrong with taking time just to look around you and enjoy where and what you are at this moment- count your blessings :)