Some time ago, I was so consumed with the “what’s next” of my life. I could never fully appreciate what was happening all around me. I wasn’t living in the moment, because I was so occupied by what was ahead of me.
One day, I had had enough. “Lord, can you help me to see the beauty in all things,” I prayed. My prayer was answered. From that day forward, my attention would be drawn towards something different I hadn’t noticed before. Flowers. Trees. Clouds. Colors. People. These were just some of the things that were newly brought to my attention.
By all means, my awareness had been heightened.
As I became more aware of the beauty that surrounded me daily, I also became keenly aware of not-so-beautiful things as well. Poverty, senseless killings, the lack of integrity among everyday people, strife, war, wasted resources, the state of the have-nots and the like were beginning to eat me alive.
But recently, this dawned on me: When I prayed for awareness, I was thinking of only being aware of the cute, pretty and loveliness of life. It doesn’t quite work that way. Although I received what I prayed for, I also got so much more. I had to decide what I was going to focus on. I can still be aware of the issues of today’s world. I have a responsibility to help change things in any way that I can. But, I also have a self-promise to uphold my happiness as well by focusing on the lovely things that I see each day. A dual responsibility, if you will.
Until Next Time,
Love, Peace & Beauty.