I recently took a few short days away from the office to unfocus.
Oh, I had things to focus on, things I needed to do... but I didn't really set any particular agenda. I just let things unfold and I lept upon opportunities as they revealed themselves.
Not having any expectations made my experience delightfully, suprisingly fun and memorable. No regrets because of things I "shoulda, woulda" and no disappointments as I had no plans.
As I reflect a bit on this, I smile unconsciously. It seems like it is the little things that can have the biggest impact sometimes. Finding a cool rock on a beach, eating a perfectly crisp fish sandwich, enjoying time walking on a cool green lawn in the warm rain, staring up at stars on a clear summer night, being with good friends and not needing to say anything at all yet saying so much. I'm just filled with something good that I can't explain.
Life unfolds in mysterious ways. You are connected to people over space and time and those experiences weave themselves into a magnificent tapestry when you stop and reflect.
Sometimes, I think that you need to stop your routine and just go with the flow to be able to get a good grip on what is important in your life. I'm not sure I know the answers, but I have found one way of exploring them, that's for sure.
Is it the Buddists who always try to live in the moment? I think that's what a zen state of mind is all about. Am feeling very zen like today... and wishing you, the very same.
Give without expectation, accept without reservation, and love without hesitation.
Waiting on my hubby and kids to return from a week at the beach -- eager to see the new creatures they are bringing home and the stories spun in sugar and sand. Expecting nothing. :)