I'm not sure where I first read about 100 steps. If I could recall I would credit the source. The idea being you take a photograph every 100 steps, challenging you to look closer at what is in front of you.
I first read it years ago and it's been in the back of my mind since. For some reason I woke up today inspired to take the challenge. I find myself complaining too much lately about Los Angeles and my view in particular. I am beyond ready to move from our apartment and plant some roots in a safer home for myself and my family. My impatience with how slow going the whole situation has been is wearing a bit thin and I find I am wearing my cranky pants most days.
My soul work right now is to focus on what is in front of me and part of that work is staying open to finding a way to remain grateful in a difficult situation. That is why this morning seemed a perfect opportunity to open my perspective, slow down a bit and see if I could discover something new on this same pathway I have walked for well over a decade.
With Mia snuggled happily inside the Ergo on my back and Jimmy and Isabella leading the way we set out on our Saturday morning ritual of walking to breakfast and through our local Farmer's Market. I counted each step and realized our short morning walk is 1400 steps in total.
This is a wonderful exercise because it forces you to look for beauty in the unexpected - that 100th step sometimes will land you in a good spot (like where that sunflower was), but oftentimes leaves you wanting to cheat and take ten more steps.
At least that is how it is in my enviroment. I don't live in a particularly picturesque part of town so my challenge was to hold off on taking those ten extra steps and instead shift my perspective: by looking up, down, all the way around or even crouching to get a bug's eye view (this last suggestion not recommended with a baby on your back). By staying still and looking at your view in a different way you may be pleasantly surprised at what you find as I was.
In fact, I didn't see the photo of the stairs below right away, I had taken a photo of a church across the street before I turned around and discovered them and it's one of my faves from our walk. This is truly a fun exercise to help us discover what we might not normally see.
The last photo of Isabella was the final photo on our walk. I was in our stairwell which is in no way pretty. She and Jimmy had reached the courtyard long before Mia and I had and were playing. When the stair we landed on was step 100 I looked around and saw my muse, "Isabella, come see mama!" and she immediately ran towards me. *
I am really happy with the results.
I wanted to share our morning walk with you; here are all 1400 steps in order. May it inspire to take 100 steps of your own.
* yes, that is a nail you see that she is running towards. One of a billion reasons why we need to move.