Stop & Smell The Green

I’m sitting in a room with huge windows, overlooking a beautiful pond that is surrounded by nothing but green. It’s one of those moments I need to pinch myself. I really get to work here today? Wow. 

I’m not at sparkspace today. I love sparkspace, but it is about as urban as it gets. Renovated paint factory in downtown Columbus. Today I’m working at Aileron, an entrepreneurship center in Dayton. It’s out in the country with ponds and trees and geese and grass and fish and waterfalls and…well, you get the idea.

Everyone has their favorite seasons. I have my favorite month. Well, it’s not a specific month. It’s really the 30 days or so right after all the leaves come out. Everything is fresh and new. There’s energy everywhere. And amazingly, there have been years that I missed it completely. And not because I was stuck in the desert. I have missed my favorite time of year because I simply wasn’t paying attention. I’m one of those people (you very likely are, too) that always has too much to do. So I crank on my to-do list every day, and sometimes I don’t realize how much time has gone by.

Not this year. I’m stopping to smell the green. In fact, I’ve stopped three times while writing this post just so I could look out the window and feel the sunshine on my face. The positive energy I feel today is amazing. I honestly feel like I could do accomplish anything today. Somehow I rarely feel that way when I’ve got my nose to the grindstone. 

Let the world energize you. Stop once in a while and just feel the energy of spring. Let it fill you up. I know, sometimes it’s hard to stop. So consider it a pause instead, even if it’s just a few minutes at a time. It’s a little-known secret of people who are highly productive, creative, and inspired.


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