I woke up this morning, hearing my almost two-year old in the next room calling out in his soft, toddler voice “Daaaaaadddd”. This is how he lets me know he is awake. I crawl out of bed, stumble into his room, scoop up his warm body and carry him into the living room where we lay on the couch and “talk” while we watch the sun seep in through the blinds. This is how I generally start my day.
Soon, he got tired of snuggling and starts to play cars while I get up and go about getting ready for the day. Not long after, the rest of our kids join us upstairs and their conversations, so full of enthusiasm and passion fill the house.
After morning prayers, I kissed them all goodbye and headed outside.
The sky was a clear, powder blue, with billowing cumulous clouds reaching towards the sun, which was rising leisurely above them, and creating a beautiful highlight to their topmost curves.
The tips of the Rocky Mountains which surround the valley were etched with snow, brilliantly reflecting the sunlight as they clung to the memory of winter.
The grass is that lush, deep, spring-time green, and every lawn I pass seems to be peppered with color as the flowers soak in the glory of the morning sun.
There are these huge billowing broad-leaf trees that line the road to work. They look like something from a Pixar movie as the sun creates an astounding cascade of color as its rays dissipate along its outer leaves. It was 68 degrees outside, so I drove with the windows down, basking in the glory of the moment, the wind in my face, and John Denver singing “Country Roads” over my car speakers.
If it’s been a while since you stopped and took notice of the beauty which so abundantly surrounds you, you’re missing out on one of the most important purposes of life – joy. Tomorrow, try starting your day in awe, and see what a difference it makes in how you treat people, and how you look at things.
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