Amazed at how much of an impact 11 hours could have on me for a week afterwards
So often, it seems that really unplugging and recharging involves heading out of state for a weekend, or spending a week or two somewhere that requires plane tickets. Then we resume our daily grind. But a day trip really highlighted for me that this doesn't have to be the case.
We spent last Saturday in the Berkshires, and it was merely a day trip, costing a little over a hundred bucks. We arrived in Stockbridge for breakfast, and left Sheffield in time to be home for dinner, with time in Great Barrington sandwiched in between.
Having done some research, we enjoyed breakfast on Stockbridge's scenic Main Street. We were engrossed in the art, history, and the focus on community captured at the Norman Rockwell Museum. We learned about the intersection of science and fun at the Berkshire Mountain Distillery. We perused antiques, browsing for possible purchases and seeing how daily life has evolved based on the purposes of those antiques. We found the oldest covered bridge in Massachusetts. And we listened to a band playing a host of instruments, mostly in a bluegrass style, at a cozy craft brewery off the beaten path.
The day was filled with scenery, history, interactions with people, exploration, and learning. Even the drive was pleasant, with time to chat and reconnect after a busy work week for us both. The day fostered curiosity, a sense of community and shared experience, happiness, and above all, fulfillment.
We ran out of time before we ran out of places to explore. But that feeling of being lost in the moment, and enjoying a "moment" that lasted for hours, has left us both recharged in the week since that day. It highlights that the smaller places and events surrounding us can create powerful, positive impacts. It also challenged us: what else might be so close by, that can leave us so energized and connected? It will be an exciting question to answer.
Perhaps this is a challenge you might also be excited to ask yourself?
The Good Life...
is filled with little snippets of time that can disproportionately impact our days. This is a chance to capture and share them.