It’s that time of year again where–for this gal–there is a short window of pure enjoyment of being outdoors. I’ve inserted that qualifier (short window) on purpose of course. It’s what comes next that often makes me lose sight of being in the present moment; I am already gritting my teeth in anticipation of the derrière-freezing, frost-bound cold hands, of winter.
But for now, dear reader, I pledge my focus on the many delights of autumn as well as the promise of warm pumpkin bread, steaming hot cappuccinos and the luxury of slipping my feet (beaten up from years of long distance running) into UGG’s®.
I know. There is a certain camp of folks who opine mightily on the subject of Ugg-wear: As in, Ugg’s are ugly. These are the same folks, I believe, who have a particular disdain for Birkenstocks and Crocs too. Oh sure, I’d love to pull on a pair of fashionable European leather boots with fancy buckles and just the right heel that mold to my feet in perfect comfort, but that has yet to happen (the perfect comfort part, that is.). As you can surmise…I’ve thrown in that towel…
So who knew that today is International Sloth Day?! I’d never have known such a fascinating tidbit of information if not for Alexa. If you don’t believe me check out the following link: https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/international-sloth-day. Apparently the holiday was drummed up in 2010 as a way of bringing much needed attention to the animal which appears to be in danger of extinction.
Though it took quite some time today for the sun to break through gray clouds (perhaps She was feeling sloth-full as well?) I felt it was my duty to comply with Alexa’s order of the day: “…so go ahead, slow down and relax.” And, reading just a bit about International Sloth Day I could only chuckle over the validity of learning from animals…other than the human-kind, of course. The Poodle, for one, has opened my heart ten-fold more in the nearly ten years he has been with us.
What bliss it was this afternoon then as I slid bare feet into Ugg”s and spent a few sinfully sloth-full hours after yard work out on the screened-in porch reading, enjoying cups of coffee, and generally thinking about–and doing–absolutely nothing.
So, take notice dear reader to consider an excerpt from the International Sloth Day page. It is sage health advice (nothing of course that you have not heard before):
Excerpt from International Sloth Day page:
“….Make sure you get enough sleep, take a walk through the park or a long bubble bath, make a real dinner instead of just popping some frozen lump of food in the microwave for 3 minutes. We humans should realize that although we may be the most intelligent of the species, that does not mean there aren’t things we can’t learn from other species. And who could possibly teach a better lesson about how to relax than the sloth? Exactly!”….
I’m thinking perhaps we should all adhere to a new October 20th tradition and enjoy being sinfully sloth-full, if only for an hour. Mark your calendars now for 2019!
Feeling deliciously sloth-full on this fine October evening.