This photo was taken at the top of the Observation Point Trail in Zion National Park, Utah. The trail begins from the floor of the canyon and climbs 4 miles to an overlook with great views across Zion. However, what captured my attention when I arrived at the top was not the views, but these chipmunks that were racing around constantly looking for any crumbs the hikers might have dropped while they enjoyed their snack and their well-deserved rest. I think this was one of the first trips with my new telephoto lens, so I really enjoyed trying to capture these little guys as they went about their work.
Sometimes we feel like we need to be constantly in motion – constantly busy, constantly in control – to be successful. There is so much that we are trying to do that we feel we need to always be “on.” I believe that this approach is not sustainable and that we need to have downtime to truly accomplish our goals. However, the key is to find “positive downtime” – some types of downtime can uplift us and energize us and others can simply bring us down. I think that each of us needs to try and figure out what those activities are that give us a break, but don’t pull us down - that let us relax but without taking us away from our purpose. When we find our positive downtime, we will be able to have sustainable growth and maintain appropriate balance in our lives.