February 1: Creative Excursions: The Gift of Time

SunsetCA1XKLYV“Expect nothing less than signs and wonders to follow.”  Sarah Ban Breathnach

Are you one to go on excursions alone?  I know that most people really don’t like to venture out without company.  I have always enjoyed doing things alone.  Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t want to be alone all the time, but I do enjoy shopping and doing things solo.

A few years ago I went to a conference in Montreal.  I had never been there, and I went two days early so that I could take in the sights before the conference started.  I was alone, and I can’t tell you how wonderful it was.  It was a time to go deep inside and visit with myself, because there was no one else to chatter with.  I walked, took in the surroundings, shopped, and dined in the fancy hotel restaurant.  Alone.  For two days.  In another country.  I’m telling you, you can do it.

If you are a local Lakelander, there are plenty of little one-hour excursions nearby.  Hollis Gardens is a place I like to go to wander, take photos, and just think.  Walking Lake Hollingsworth is another obvious favorite.  Lakeside Village is a great place to window shop and wander.  For most of us here in Florida, there is a beach within an hour’s drive away, and what better place to get reacquainted with yourself than sitting and watching the waves in our beautiful Florida sunshine?  (Sorry northerners.)

What do you think?  Will you give yourself the gift of some time to be alone outside of the four walls that enclose you?