It was a beautiful fall Monday morning. I would usually jump right into work, but I had presented at a conference the previous Friday night and all of Saturday. I needed a break.
I drove out to Great Falls, Virginia, a beautiful state park near Washington D.C. I was dealing with some difficult personal issues, and the walk under the iridescent, brightly colored fall leaves by the Potomac River was doing me a lot of good.
Every once in a while, I passed either a group of children on a school trip or an elderly couple walking together.
It dawned on me that the only people out in nature enjoying one of the most beautiful days of the year in Washington were children on school trips and seniors. Everyone else was busy working and being ‘productive’.
I thought about how ironic it is that we shut ourselves off from the inner guidance that is more readily available to us while walking in nature during the years when we most need it.
This week, get out your planner and start making meaningful commitments to schedule less work and more time for yourself and the people you love.
Anthony Silard is the president of The Global Leadership Institute and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday every other week in your inbox and a free copy of Anthony's new audio CD, "The Surprising Source of Your Passion", enter your email here (1-step only).