Sunday, October 26, 2014

Taking Time Off Benefits You and Others

“If only we’d stop trying to be happy, we’d have a pretty good time.” Edith Wharton

I mostly took the weekend off ... which puts me behind in my writing. But, it was worth it!

It started Saturday morning when my wife and I volunteered to help the Children’s Network of Southwest Florida 5K walk here at Pelican Preserve ... nearly 500 people participated. It was a fund-raiser for child abuse and foster children.

Our “job” was to serve as the “traffic cops” at the main intersection in our community ... pointing the walkers in the right direction and keeping vehicles from hitting anyone.

My wife spotted someone who needed help ... her feet were bleeding ... after walking about a mile and a half in flip flops! People were incredulous when they heard of her flip flop walk.

Since I had the golf cart, I drove her back to the starting gate. On the way, she shared that she could afford only two pairs of shoes: work shoes and flip flops. The incredulous turned to understanding.


Today, we went to the Six Mile Slough Cypress Preserve and walked the board walk’s 1.2 mile trail. The Slough is a protected piece of wetland in the middle of freeways, golf communities and shopping areas.

Wow. Talk about walking back into nature! We spotted alligators, warblers, turtles, roseate spoonbills and a lot of other wildlife in and around the slough.

It was fun.

Now, back to work!

Hope you take time to enjoy.

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