Monday, June 7, 2010

The Art of "Just Being"

Here I am sitting on the front porch wearing my fake $6.00 rainbow flip flops with a cup of coffee, watching the world go by early Saturday morning.

You may remember my mentioning in an older post that my doctor always gives me a checklist at my annual checkup with things on it like: use sunscreen, take calcium, etc. One item on the checklist that always surprises me is the one that says learn to "just be".

I have to think about what this means sometimes. I know it means to let the stress of the day (or week or year!) go. To take some time every day to sit and just do nothing. To take a mini-vacation in the midst of the usual busyness of the day.

I see a trend of "just being" this summer on some blogs. There are lots of blog breaks going on and folks just naturally slow down in the summer time anyway. My blogger friend, Lyn is joining me on the quest to "just be" this summer. Won't you join us?

And if the doctor orders it, I need to do it, right?! So, I hope to do some posts this summer on different ways to "just be".

Today's tip: Stop and watch the world go by. Do you have a porch, deck or other spot where you can just sit and be? I know it will be hard for you to just sit somewhere and not do something else at the same time. Trust me, the stuff that's been taking up your time will still be there after your little mini-vacation. Grab a cup of coffee or glass of iced tea, and "just be" today.

The view from my porch where I can "just be" this summer:


Melissa said...

Lovely view!

You're right about taking some time to "just be." I'm learning how to do that, too.

Anonymous said...


Love the pictures from the farmhouse. I, too, am trying to learn to 'just be'.


Denise said...

I'm up for learning to "just be" and not feeling guilty if I sit and take in life. You have a very wonderful view from you front porch. Enjoy!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh what a gorgeous view. I think we all need to take a little time to do nothing. That's hard to learn, but so beneficial. Hugs, Marty

Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie,
What a great idea "Just Be"!
What a calming view from your front porch, enjoy.


Lisa in Texas = ) said...

Thanks so much for the reminder. It is very important to take time to "Just Be."
Lisa :o)

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

What a beautiful post Debbie, and yes I try to take a little time each day and just be me. Like you I like to go sit on the porch and have my coffee too. I so love the view from your porch.
I am looking forward to more posts about being just me. Thanks for sharing.

Lyn said...

I don't know what rainbow flip flops are, but those are cute even if they cost just $6.00. :)

How can you not just "be" looking out at a gorgeous view like that? For sure that is your special place to relax and unwind.

I'm trying to "just be" a bit more here too, and am loving not having to do as many things these days (including blogging, lol).

We are each in charge of our own lives and need to make time to just rest now and then. No one is going to do it for us. Have a great week, Debbie.

Heidi said...

Hi Debbie! I just discovered your blog and would love to join you in your quest to 'just be'. I do not do this daily here in our city home. I cannot just be in our garden as it is too noisy but do this in our cottage in the woods. But I used to take time for tea each day and have stopped again. I will make an effort each day this summer to do this once again. You can read about it here:

The next to last photo is amazing! I can really feel the warmth of the sun. What a beautiful view you have. You are very lucky.

Hugs from Holland ~

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Pen Pen said...

Oh yes... I am doing a lot of "just be" ing this year! Love it!!!!!!

Debbie J said...

Thank you all for your comments!

Hi coleen, nice to hear from you!

Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie,
I will join you. I too am learning how to let go of alway doing.

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