Running my regular routes each day I am able to appreciate the subtle changes to my scenery. I enjoy watching the sun rise move along the ridge line as winter turns to spring and then to summer.
I enjoy how I get to watch as the farmer's labors are rewarded with crops that fill the fields each year.
I look forward to all the smells each season brings to my rural neighborhood. My mock pear tree is in bloom and greets me each morning with an invigoratingly sweet perfume.
The way every place is made more beautiful as the plants turn green and bloom. Even the cemetery near my home becomes a beautiful scene.
The wildlife I get to see by getting outside each day punctuates my normal daily routine with my own version of excitement.
I love getting to how each animals I might encounter at different points along my runs. I know where I will see the most turtle, baby snakes, muskrats, kingfishers, heron, raccoon...
You might think my runs would become boring or too routine but then I am provided with a view of this...
...and I am reminded to appreciate the amazing beauty in all the simple things around me.
I've seen all kinds of things and been provided with so many opportunities simply because I was out running around my "neighborhood," getting to talk with a neighbor who is facing a medical struggle, throwing a ball that had bounced onto the road back to a yard full of kids, helping an older neighbor take in they groceries, meeting new neighbors, reconnecting with nature, and becoming more aware of how closely we share our little patch of the planet.
Just when you think you are 'just going for a run' remember it's not just a run, it is an amazing opportunity to open your eyes and see.
What have you seen along your way?