Last week I focused on adding clarity to my intentions via the senses.
This week, it's time to shift my attention to the steps that can be taken to move toward my dreams.
As I mentioned yesterday, the word goals has rubbed me the wrong way lately. Goals imply a specific destination with a step-by-step plan to get there.
Yet, I often have no idea what exact steps are needed to get me where I want to go. It's true. I do have bid dreams, and at times, I can see smaller segments of my life fall into place to make the bigger picture possible.
I do know that in order to make these dreams more tangible, my attention is most valuable on these smaller segments. And, my focus can be on trusting that each step will be revealed to me at just the right moments.
This requires me to be present in each moment--a skill that I'm continuing to build as we speak.
My experiences yesterday for Steve's birthday provided the perfect reminder of how attention to the small things can yield amazing outcomes.
By 6 am, I had left the house to outline work for my assistant at the office. I knew I wouldn't be there to greet the birthday boy when he awoke, but I left a card on the arm of the couch for him to find as he settled in for his first cup of morning coffee. It feels good to do something out of the ordinary, yet also responsible in getting my work done at the same time.
Needless to say, I was able to leave the office by 9:30, feeling relaxed and free to celebrate the day with Steve.
As we drove down I-5, with outside temperatures in the mid-70's, the blue sky was offset with incredible cloud formations. The neatly-planted rows of green crops gave a feeling of organization and abundance of life in contrast to the still-golden yellow hills behind them.
Two hours later, we arrived at Yocha Dehe Golf Course--which added a whole new level of awe to the senses immediately.
The attention to detail at this course always stuns me! The unique stonework pathways that lead you into the pro shop make you almost want to skip, as though it's the yellow brick road leading to Oz. The floor-to-ceiling rock waterfall in the entryway not only visually pleases the eye, but the peaceful sound reverberates a zen-like quality to every cell of your being. And the tile work throughout the entire facility--simply breathtaking!
If I haven't mentioned this before, I'm a total tile slut!
I'm the kind of person that, while using the restroom, is paying more attention to the bull-nose tiles being used, the thickness of grout lines on the floor, and the pattern on the tile than taking care of business at hand.
As a side note here, I didn't bring my camera into the bathroom, although in hindsight, I wish I had. Believe it or not, they don't advertise their great tile work in any photos on google, despite how hard I searched!
After a wonderful day on the golf course of perfectly mowed fairways and screaming-fast (but true) greens, we ventured into the Cache Creek Casino for dinner.
I'm not usually one to enjoy casinos, as I am very sensitive to the sounds and smells inside.
However, Steve wanted a steak and it would be better to eat early before the two trek home.
The C² Steakhouse was another visual treat!
Backlit menus. A basket-weave ceiling. Rustic brick behind the bar contrasted by modern brick-and-dark-teal-colored tile.
And, don't even get me started on the tile work in those bathrooms! Steve probably thought I fell in when I was gone for so long!
I think the drive home, in the dark, finally gave my eyes a rest from it all! It also allowed the great sense of satisfaction from the day settle in.
My point of bringing this up, is that quality of our experience is directly related to our point of focus.
I felt abundant, relaxed, and inspired by the things around me.
I chose to pause and appreciate my surroundings.
I allowed my focus on the beauty around me enhance my experience.
When going back to a more familiar routine in Chico, I'm inspired to see it with new eyes. I want to look for details that I might have missed before--ones that bring a smile to my face, and encourage me on my path.
I know I have the power to put my attention anywhere I want.... and today, I'm going to make the most of that gift.