Creating connections through the outdoors.

The Grass is Always Greener…

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.  Other people seem to have it all slightly better than we do.  The future seems to hold the fitter me, the healthier me, the more successful me, the me that doesn’t procrastinate, the me that keeps in touch, the better me.  Do you think the grass is greener over there?  I say to try to focus on making our own grass greener here and now!  How is that for a nature metaphor for you?!  Yay, for multiple meanings!

What I am trying to say through all of this talk about the lawn, as it may seem, is that enjoyment comes from living in the here and now.  My thoughts stemmed from an article on multitasking.  When we try to do too many things at once, it takes away from our relationships, health, focus, work or school, and most importantly our overall enjoyment of what we are doing.  Even what may seem like the most mundane of tasks can be enjoyable if is becomes our sole focus.  This movement away from multitasking can lead us to focus on our own grass, and how we can make it greener.

This past Saturday was the National Day of Unplugging for 2012, used to recharge your soul.  This is a small step to take to help to focus on enjoyment here and now as well as help to create balance.  This is a great idea, but I say take it one step further.  It is better to regularly take a little time to unplug every day and try just focussing on one thing at a time.  Call it “uni-tasking”.  An easy way to do this is to go out and experience nature and the outdoors.  Leave all those gadgets at home and see how enjoyable just being outside looking at the environment around us can be.  Here are my top 7 (I thought I would continue with that number) outdoor “uni-tasks” that I do to make my grass greener here and now:

  1. Do some “soul skiing” by going for a day by myself (no music here);
  2. Practice some nature/outdoor photography or drawing (I’m not very good, but it is enjoyable);
  3. Bomb a hill on my longboard;
  4. Do some gardening;
  5. Climb a mountain, a rock face, a hill, a tree, or anything I can possibly jump off;
  6. Find a quiet spot to read or journal;
  7. Simply go for a walk without my phone.

Increased enjoyment can lead to multiple benefits, including making time for nature and your health easier.  The opposite is true as well.  Physical activity and time in nature can increase happiness and enjoyment.  Here is a short video on Physical Literacy, that can be linked to awareness (more in “Forest Bathing”), about physical activity and the outdoors.  In the end, if we can create enjoyment here and now, it can help to increase the needed balance in our lives.

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Why does all this nature matter?  For those of you who like to read, here is a brief interview with author Richard Louv for you on the subject:

Why Nature Matters, Juno Magazine

This coming Saturday, March 31 at 8:30PM is Earth Hour.  Remember to turn off your lights.  Utilize this time to spend some time in nature.  Go for a walk or even just a sit in the outdoors, and practice some “uni-tasking”.  Maybe even spend some time to do some nighttime gardening and work on your lawn!  Do whatever you find most enjoyable.

The idea for this week: Instead of suggesting something, I want to hear from you!  What do you do to make the grass greener in the here and now?  How and where do you like to enjoy the outdoors?  Comment below!

(Theme: Enjoyment)

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One response

  1. Sue Luciuk

    Cross country skiing. Between lovely scenery and staying upright and moving forward I can’t focus on anything more. Absolutely love a sunny day in the mountains!

    March 28, 2012 at 4:55 PM

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