After spending a refreshing morning stroll in a local park I realized that I spent most of my time staring at the ground in front of me. I admit I regularly allow my focus to be on my feet and the ground when I walk. Perhaps this is due to my need to be prepared for ultimate challenges, or just an innate need for control. I challenged myself to take in my surroundings for the rest of my walk. I focused on looking at up at the configuration of the trees ahead of me, took a look at the kinds of birds that flew in the area, I took in widescreen mental notes on as much of the landscape that my eyes would allow. For the last 2 minutes of my walk I felt more reinvigorated and inspired than the first 30 minutes of the walk.
I’m now wondering how often I allow my focus on the challenges of the present to take away from the inspiration that comes from the choreographed perfection of the journey. Even though, at any given moment I can find myself struggling with a myriad of personal deficiencies, situational persecution, relational misunderstandings, if only I allow myself to see the beauty of my journey towards personal maturity, the reinforcement of my closest relationships and coinciding growth of those around me. I can find inspiration in that.
Take just 2 minutes and look at the beautiful tapestry that is your journey!