Sometimes life goes by so fast that you don’t even really have time to blink. I know that I’ve been there. Four babies are born every second and one person dies every second. We don’t take the time to stop and think about the things and people that surround us in everyday life. I know that for me, I have such a strict agenda that I have to stick to because everything that I do is important in some way. It isn’t bad to be busy. It isn’t bad to have a calendar that fills up.
But it is bad to use up every second of our time doing things instead of sitting back, closing your eyes and soaking in everything around you and letting things go. It is bad to not stop and smell the beautiful flowers that you walk past every day. Flowers are a part of God’s Creation, as are the homeless people sitting on the street and the stray dogs that bother you for a scrap. Every living thing has value. Every living thing has a meaning for something in the world, and if you don’t take the time to step back and realize just how simple and small your agenda is compared to the God of the Universe’s plan, then something is definitely off.
I understand that things get busy. I understand that focusing is difficult sometimes.
But there are moments when you can let it go.
There are moments when you can stop and admire that spider building a web on your porch or that dandelion growing through a crack in the sidewalk. There is beauty in everything. Even the muddiest pig. All living things have beauty, whether they be pest or predator. All things can have beauty in them. All people can as well. I know it’s difficult to see, but there is beauty in that person at work who irritates you to no end. There is beauty in that elderly woman who lives across the street from you. There is beauty in every human being, every living and breathing thing.
Taking the time to enjoy it is what’s most important.
Even taking a picture can have an impression on your outlook. Every time you scroll back and see that beautiful photograph, you can be reminded of that still moment when you actually took the time to enjoy something that God created.
And that can change your entire attitude for the day.
Believe me, there have been times where I just want to go and not have anything distract me for the day, but something will stop me in my tracks and remind me that my life isn’t just about me. There are seven billion other people on this planet and there are so many beautiful things on this planet that I don’t take near enough time to stop and look at.
But what if we did? What if you, what if I suddenly stopped and thought about someone else instead of just your own life? What if we took the time to smile at someone we see on the street? What if we took the time to smell flowers or admire insects or pat the heads of dogs?
What if instead of always looking internally, we always look externally? To the world beyond us that we can shape and mold?
A penny for your thoughts.