I have this quote from Annie Dillard in the front of my book, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” This is so true and so hard to actually implement.
I encourage you to go out this weekend and go for a hike. Invite a friend you haven’t seen for a while — that might even be your spouse if you have a crazy busy schedule. Bring along the phone for safety but turn the damn thing off. Okay, unless you have kids that are with a sitter. If you do, put your phone on silent but set a priority override for your sitter’s and your home’s phone numbers that way only those call will ring through.
Take time along the trail to just talk and really listen to what the other person has to say. Some of my deepest conversations have happened while hiking along a trail. There is something about the cadence of the steps, nature, and just having time to actually have a whole conversation. When was the last time you talked with some one for longer than 5 minutes much less 15 minutes?
You know what I’m talking about. How many times have you asked a friend how they are doing today and you get a “Fine. And, you?” Then you are racing off to the next thing. By going on a hike or just simply talking the time to be open and to really listen you can form deeper connections with your family and friends and have a happier life as a result.
And, if that isn’t enough to encourage you here is a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UejOd9atuJo