I was headed to my last appointment of the day when an unexpected opportunity to get outside presented itself. In my head I repeated my usual mantra of “I feel good when I am active” before I answered yes. With the “s” of my response still on my tongue a slideshow of happy times on the trails played in my mind. I was pleased to erase the mental image of what my evening would have looked like – cooking, cleaning, and more work at my desk. Who am I, Cinderella?
The opportunity was present by my mom, who was hosting a guest for the day. Jessica from New Jersey was visiting Phoenix for a conference. She had an 11:30 PM flight back home and about 10 hours to kill. Jessica was game for anything but hoped to see some of the gorgeous landscapes that make Phoenix so unique. Although it would seem completely unplanned and random for my mom to get connected with Jessica, it was really kismet. We were likely two of only a few people who were excited to play tourist and climb rocks in 98 degree weather.
Jessica warned us that her hiking skills hadn’t been sharpened in a while but took my warning that we would sweat with a smile and donned her comfy workout clothes. We visited Papago Buttes and hiked the stairs for some photos near the top. Here, Jessica saw gorgeous views of Camelback and Four Peaks. Then we headed to Hole in the Rock near the Phoenix Zoo. We hike up to the hole to take in sweeping views of Tempe, South Mountain, and Down Phoenix.
As we drove home from our little adventure, Jessica expressed her appreciation for the day. She thanked us for getting her active and reminding her how much she needed to be outdoors – two things she wants more of in her life. Although she didn’t plan it, Jessica seemed to get just what she needed on her last day in Phoenix – my mom and I got what we need that day too.
Your approach to being active should be similar to Jessica’s approach to her last day in town. When there’s no plan seek out and then take the opportunity. Enjoy the opportunity, be thankful, and then do it all again.
Being sure to take my own advice, I want to express my thanks to the universe for connecting Jessica with my mother. I want to thank Jessica for being a catalys in getting me away from my computer that day. I want to thank my mom for being the queen of kindness and adventure that she is. I am fortunate.
You know I adlready have plans to do it again.