You're home after a long way away. You've got the groceries, you've paid the bills they were screaming about, you've washed the much needed underwear, it's time for a sit.
I love this time because I look at the things that happened during our extended time away and then kind of squeeze the special memories into little packages in my brain that I can take out later and look at when I'd like.
This photo is at Hadrian's wall and I loved our time there. It was such a gorgeous and expansive place. So peaceful, somewhat life-affirming, and reflective.
Places like these give me back some life I feel like I lost when I was squeezing into a subway with a thousand other people. Places like these literally feel like they are breathing life back into you. That's a good memory. Maybe I'll try to focus on that the next time I'm squeezing into a subway with a thousand other people. Maybe that will subvert some of the life sucking that tends to happen in these situations.
I've got some really nice memories with family too. And some really nice memories of playing in really fun venues. And some really nice memories of new people we met that I just love. All these are going to squeeze into little memory boxes that fit somewhere in the grey space between my ears. I like to hold them for a moment or two and just feel them before they get tucked away. That is what reflection time is all about. Hold them, feel them, then tuck them away in the little box.
There's a few times that aren't really noteworthy, that might not make into a box. There's also a few things that I didn't love that I will probably remember anyway whether I try to keep them out of a box or not. The beauty of looking back is that you can do a highlight reel without the boring bits like when you were sleeping or on the toilet, or the unpleasant ones when you got soaked by the rain or felt awkward when someone was arguing. The highlight reel rules.
Happy Day, hey TGIF!