An Impromptu Visit to the Park

The time was 6:14 pm on the last Saturday in June 2021 when I decided to make an impromptu visit to a nearby park to get some fresh air. When I arrived, the immediate sight of the flowers at the northside entrance, combined with a beautiful scent coming from the garden, was reason enough for me to stop and intentionally embrace this moment!

I stood still for the next three minutes, processing what I just experienced, which I can only describe as my five senses colliding with the beauty of nature, gifting me with another magical moment.

Interestingly enough, I had no intentions of posting on LinkedIn today; however, realizing that I just entered into a state of heightened awareness, I knew that my storytelling juices were about to activate, which are hard to resist. As a result, I felt compelled to accept the flash of writing flow that was sure to come and got ready to start capturing my thoughts.

With that in mind, I quickly put on an instrumental playlist and got the volume just right, opened my journal app, and then proceeded to walk towards the area shown in images 2 and 3, inputting what I was thinking about along the way.

After making my way onto the paved path, I settled on a bench nestled between some bushes and roses that provided a nice view of an open field. I sat there observing several people conversing and having a good time while some guys played soccer in the middle of the field.

What’s more, I happened to know a few of the gentlemen playing, and they kindly asked me to join in the game. Since I am not much of a soccer player, I declined, but after some friendly back and forth exchanges, they persuaded me to participate, and we went on to have a blast!

Once that fun experience was over, I walked a lap around the park to cool off, followed by going back to the bench area to sit down so that I could resume capturing my thoughts.

My attention then quickly shifted to watching and appreciating the blissful look on the faces of the folks in the park as they interacted with each other. It was also great to see couples holding hands and laughing together as they strolled around the park. Love it!

Well, I will end it here and complete the rest of this journal entry on the walk home. Until next time, I wish you peace, love, and a relaxing Sunday.

Let’s go! 😊

#mindfulness #motivation

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Anthony Sledge

I have an insatiable appetite for learning, helping people, and donating my time and human capital to important causes that have a meaningful impact on society.