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The Beauty (And Zen) Of Mowing Your Lawn

“I mow my own lawn.”

-Ron Reagan

 

The before and after of mowing my lawn. A Zen Paradise!

When I started this blog I told a story about how much I loved mowing my lawn. The smell of gas, the roar of the engine and that awesome smell of freshly cut grasss is second to none. Although I missed an entire season of mowing last summer, I’m glad that I’ve been able to mow my lawn twice already this season. And as I knew it would be, it was almost as good as going on a hike. And to this day none of that has changed.

The two places that I feel most at peace are hiking and then mowing my lawn.

Now when I tell folks of my love of mowing, I always, yes, always get a strange look and the question, “Why?”

It’s hard to explain. When I am mowing my lawn I am laser-focused on what I am doing. If anyone tries to talk to me or yell at me from a distance, I always point to my ear as if to say “I can’t hear you.” Of course, there is always the safety issue. What if I were to divert my attention to you and I slipped on the grass? For safety’s sake!!!!! I’m pretty sure that would be worse than shooting my eye out.

So I am able to basically shut everything out, work stress, home stress and stress in general by doing the two things I love.

I recently read a story where doctors in Australia were writing prescriptions for people to be outside to help with stress etc. I wonder if my doctor will give me a prescription to mow my lawn?

Feeling Offended? Take A Hike!!!!

Offend: to cause (a person or group) to feel hurt, angry, or upset by something said or done.

Every Monday, Chase bank sends out a Motivational Monday tweet to get its followers ready for the week. Apparently, yesterdays didn’t go over so well. Here it is summed up from an article from NBC news:

“The since-deleted tweet offered a hypothetical conversation between a bank customer and the bank. The customer asks, “Why is my balance so low?” and the bank account replies: “Make coffee at home … eat the food that’s already in the fridge … you don’t need a cab, it’s only three blocks.”

Now for me personally, that sounds like pretty good financial advice. I’ll bet if you add up all the food you buy during your work hours as well as coffee from D & D and Starbucks, it could literally be in the thousands. After looking at their menu, let’s just say I get a Grande Cafe Latte and a Chocolate Croissant for breakfast every day. Let’s see, that $3.95 for the drink and $2.75 for the croissant. Every day you would spend $6.70 before tax. Multiply that by 5 (days in a work week) and then by 50 (work weeks in a year minus two weeks vacation) and that comes $1,675 dollars a year.

That’s not even counting lunch and seriously folks, if you are taking a cab for three blocks, we gotta talk. I see this tweet as a good way of pointing out that people could be saving much more money than they currently are. $6.70 may not seem like much every day, but when you add it up and look at it yearly, WOW!!! That is a good amount of cash.

So why am I writing this post? We have become a society where people are offended by everything. People on Twitter actually referred to this as “Poor Shaming.” If you are that poor maybe you should be making coffee at home. Just saying…Is this really what offends you? Seriously??

Here is the real reason why I have written this. We have to get away from being offended every time somebody opens their mouth. My parents always used to say, “Engage your brain before you engage your mouth.”

So for all of you mindful folks out there. If you read or see something that you believe may be offensive, head out to the woods immediately before something bad happens. Get that fresh air, get those legs moving, make it count! A good hike will clear your head and you will definitely be thinking more clearly. But please, please, don’t join the parade of people who immediately jump on that PC bandwagon.

Heading out to the woods is the best way that I know of to cure a case of political correctness. You have to be thinking straight in order to mentally survive!!!! I know that it works every time and will continue to work in the future. You know why???

It’s a long slow ride to Stupidville.