Last week I took the train down to Toronto for the OpenText Innovation Tour. As I stepped onto the platform in the ‘big city’ I immediately recognized the main difference between Torontonians and Waterloo residents: the rush to get to your destination. I got off the train and followed the herd down the stairs to Union Station, to the subway platform. Took the subway to my next stop, and watched as everyone raced out of the doors to beat each other on their walk to the street. Once outside, the wind is howling, the light is red, and people are sprinting across the road anyway.
Five hours later, as I sit here at a local coffee shop, I’ve been watching an elderly couple make their way around the neighbourhood. They stop to check out the snow settling on the partially green grass, the stop mid-walk for a kiss, and then come inside for a coffee, taking their time selecting a drink and the perfect chocolate chip cookie.
I know it is a bold statement to compare Toronto and Waterloo residents, so please let me clear that it is not my intention to make that the topic of today’s post. I’ve been holding off on publishing this because I haven’t been able to find the ‘perfect’ closing; but then I realized it’s not always just about where you are going, but how you get there, too.
Life can get pretty busy sometimes, but every now and then we have to remember to stop and smell the roses. As I took the train down to Toronto, I reviewed my social media feeds and noticed my friends and followers complaining that it was snowing in in April (how dare that unpredictable Canadian weather!) Now, on my way home I am staring out the window at the untouched, beautifully unrefined parts of Canada… the forests and lakes that align with the railway, the parts of Ontario, Canada that I truly love.
You can’t always wait for the storm to pass… sometimes you just have to learn how to dance in the rain! In the last 24 hours, I have seen my beautiful city in a new light, met new friends, spent time with my sister, and catched a little bit of ‘me’ time in between. It is a good day…
What “little” things have you done lately to stop and smell the roses?