Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.
— Betty Smith
This week I choose this quote for my focus. Imagine if we truly could look at everything as though it were either the first time we had laid eyes upon it or we knew it would be the last. Let’s take something that we see everyday like the sky. Imagine if you were seeing the sky for the very first time. Imagine how wonderous it would seem. The clear blue of it, the fluffy clouds drifting across it, the sun shine casting bright hues of peach and pink as it sets across the land you stand on, the ever-changing loveliness of it. It would be amazing because it is amazing. We are blessed to see it everyday but some days we don’t notice it. We take it for granted. We forget to look up and take it all in. Now imagine if you knew that today would be your last chance to ever lay eyes on the sky. You may want to take photos of it, to study it in greater detail than ever before. You would likely notice it if you knew you would never be able to see it again.
Now if we take it a step farther and involve a matter of the heart, say someone you love. Imagine if you were seeing them for the first time. What would you notice about them that you fail to appreciate once you are constantly exposed to them. Perhaps the first time you saw the man of your dreams, your future husband, you were stunned by how beautiful his eyes were. That particular shade of blue in my case. How when he smiled at you, they sparkled. Or when he winked at you how they set butterflies off like fireworks in your belly. When you first fell in love you noticed many things that you can be appreciating today. Don’t let them become like the sky you sometimes forget to notice. Now, the unthinkable, what if you knew you would never see that person again. You would likely try to force every detail of them into your mind. Every line, every scar, every curve, every color, every smell, every touch, the sound of their voice, everything that makes that person who they are, you would want to keep. You would recognize them as a treasure. You would understand that there is no one exactly like them in this entire world. You would see how unique and beautiful and exceptional they were. You would know they were irreplaceable. You would give all you had to keep them. You would ache at the thought of never seeing them again, or hearing their laughter, or the feeling of their hand in yours.
So this week, I am going to try to look at everything and everyone as though as I had never seen them before or may never see them again and I intend to remember how to appreciate more and acknowledge the gifts that surround me. Everything from the heart beating strong in my chest, to the sky above me, to the man beside me to the friend on the other end of the line, to the trees in my yard, to the birds in its branches, to the sound of that song, to the taste of that pie, and on and on and on.
I would love for you to join me. I suspect there is great joy in this. Let’s call it a week of discovering the glory in everyday.
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