I had two versions of total relaxation recently.
Last night, I went to Opryland Hotel and watched my husband play in one of the atriums. I grabbed a seat at a table and ordered a glass of wine. In no time I was a puddle of goo. Piano music. A waterfall. Candle light. A glass of wine. I was ready to put a couple chairs together and fall asleep!
I was asleep a little after midnight… that never happens! I was just so relaxed (and tired from traveling) that I couldn’t keep my eyes open!
Then this morning, I had a cup of coffee on the porch swing. A light breeze came through. It was warm, so I wore shorts and was barefooted. I listened to the sounds of my neighborhood, and the relaxation of the night before carried through into today.
Two different versions of the same idea: natural relaxation! So much stress in today’s world. Moments of relaxation are absolutely priceless.
Sunday afternoon was gorgeous. One of those perfect days. Temperature in the mid-70s. Sun shining. It beckoned for us to come outside and play.
So my husband jumped in the truck with no plan in mind. We ultimately ended up at a sports bar and grill, sitting beside an open window, just enjoying being out. We had a delicious barbecue dinner, and then just sat. Visiting. People watching. We paid no mind to the clock.
We contacted a couple who live close to us to see if they wanted to join us. They did and then we really proceeded to ignore the clock! Laughter. Stories. A few shared pitchers of beer between us all. It was wonderful!
As the evening drew to a close, we finally looked at our watches. My husband and I had been there almost 7 hours by that time! Where had all those hours gone!?
I have to say with certainty… those hours were far from wasted. How often do you just ignore the clock? How often do you not have somewhere else to be? How often do you find yourself in the company of people that you don’t feel the need to go, “Oh gosh, when can I get out of here?”
We left the bar, and I had a smile on my face. It was a very relaxing afternoon and evening. I was thankful for good friends, beautiful weather, my husband, and having a carefree attitude for a day. Monday would come soon enough, and responsibilities would be knocking on the door. But in that moment… I wasn’t worried about them.
I didn’t know I needed that time without borders, but I am sure grateful I had it.