Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”
~ Ashley Smith
Last week, while I was on spring break, it was easy to notice all that life has to offer. I had time to breathe, think, imagine, and dream. It’s the weeks when work is hectic and days are filled with obligations that it’s difficult to appreciate the beauty in the small things. I shudder to think of how much of life passes me by without my noticing it, because I was too caught up in all the stresses and responsibilities.
So this week, one of my goals is to stop and recognize that it’s the details that make life worth living.
It’s the bee on a flower.
It’s the sun coming through the clouds after days of “endless” rain.
And yes, it’s even the patter of raindrops on the windowpane.
It’s in the look of awe from an 11th grader who just realizes what Gatsby’s green light means.
It’s in teaching my favorite book to a new group of students, knowing that it might be a struggle.
And yes, it’s in that stack of essays, once they’ve been graded completely.
It’s moving my body even when I’m “too tired.”
It’s pushing myself beyond my limits and feeling so proud.
And yes, it’s in being red-faced and sweaty after a grueling workout session.
It’s in tasting the first, ripe strawberry of the season, straight from the farmers’ market.
It’s in preparing tomorrow’s lunch tonight, because I feel so “on-track” when I’m organized.
And yes, it’s in tracking every single thing that crosses my lips.
It’s in the beauty of the written word, coming through my fingertips onto this blog.
It’s in the captivating book that I’m reading non-stop.
And yes, it’s writing blog posts even when I feel uninspired, knowing that I might inspire someone else (today, thankfully, wasn’t one of those days).
Take some time today to stop and notice the details during your workout, your morning trip for coffee, lunch at your desk, or on your commute home. Then write a comment and let me know what you noticed.