Every Easter, we have a candy hunt for our grand-kids. We hide candy throughout the main rooms of our house and they have a blast finding these treasures and depositing them on the dining room table, where Grandpa will redistribute them into even stashes. We don' t want any hurt feelings that the bigger kids ' found more' candy than the little ones. An unexpected part of this fun family event is to find candy throughout the year that the grand-kids missed in their quest to find the most candy. As you can see in the photo above, there is a lone foil wrapped chocolate egg sitting on the window sill, waiting to be noticed. The interesting thing is that either my husband or I opened and closed the window shades every day for two months, until at last I spied the tasty morsel sitting there, plain as day. I was astounded that one of us hadn' t noticed it before.
It got me thinking about how much I must miss everyday because I am distracted, rushed, feeling negative or single-minded in my focus. I felt a little sad that there are so many possibilities, perhaps staring me right in the face, like the easter candy, that I don' t see and therefore don' t acknowledge. I wonder where these discoveries or alternative paths would lead me. So, I have recommitted to be more mindful as I go about my life and hope that this purposeful openness allows me to see new possibilities, go down new paths and explore the unknown.