Sitting on my rustic back porch, on the porch swing my husband made for me. It is made from our children’s baby crib that they outgrew. I saw the idea on pintrest and I loved it. As I’m sitting here, kicked back and relaxed, swaying back and forth, I bask in how lucky I am, but I’ve rarely stop to notice. It’s naptime at my house, so I decided to go outside. Normally I’m playing on Facebook, watching T.V., etc. during my downtime. Not today. Today I sit here in the quite. No music, no T.V., no cell phone. Everything’s quite. Except nature. The birds are chirping and singing. I think I’ve counted about six or seven different types of birds just by their chirps. I hear the horses stomping in the pasture. The breeze blowing through the leaves and the dog’s tags hitting the porch floor as they roll over to find another comfy spot. The crickets are chirping loud and even the buzz from the flies sound relaxing. Not only the sounds are soothing, but the smells are so refreshing. Every once in a while I catch a whiff of honeysuckle, or the dirt of the freshly plowed field. The different smells from the pasture. The hay, the grass, just the horses in general. Then there is the view. The view of real life from my point of view and not someone else’s. The clouds rolling in and covering the blue sky with white fluff balls. Two deer slowly walk across the field, making their way towards the pasture. A beautiful cardinal hopping across the grass, trying to find food to take back to its nest. This is all the best detox and reset I think I can ever experienced. We all just need to unplug at least once a day. No music, T.V., phones, Facebook, etc. For just a little bit. We would all be much nicer, relaxed and stress-free people. If we would turn off everything and experience the one thing that can’t be turned off. Nature.

“Too much of that TV slush will surely turn your brain to mush! Come outside, and you will see, God’s creation is much better than any old TV!” ~ The Berenstain Bears Discover God’s Creation by: Stan and Jan Berenstain with Mike Berenstain.

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Mandy Vinson

I am Mandy Vinson and I am a singer/songwriter, author, blogger, and on occasion and dabble into poetry. I am a wife, a mother of two children and a child of God. My hobbies include playing games with my kids and spending time with my family, being outdoors, writing, playing guitar, and singing.

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