Open your eyes

“It isn’t always a change of scenery needed to make life better. Sometimes it simply requires opening your eyes.” ~Richelle E. Goodrich

It’s so easy to believe that the grass is greener somewhere else (or some other time or under some other conditions), but our focus on wishing we were elsewhere causes us to miss out on the beauty and happiness available to us right here in this moment in this place.

Take a moment right now to be fully present here and now to truly see and appreciate how much good is already present.


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Miracles everywhere

Raindrop of tip of grass with leaf in background

“Around us, life bursts with miracles—a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

The pressures and challenges of daily life (not to mention the times of grief and brokenness) can dull our senses so that we only see life’s hard places, but that doesn’t change the fact that we are surrounded every moment by miracles and wonders that we’ve ceased to notice. Remembering to look for these miracles and treasure them can make even the hard places easier to handle.

Miserable or strong

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“We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” ~Carlos Castenada

The amount of work is the same, and it involves all those little choices we make about how we perceive things, the stories we tell ourselves, the thoughts we choose to entertain, and the ways we decide to respond. Those little choices add up to making ourselves either miserable or strong. Which one are you choosing?

The startling nature of life

baby mountain goat standing on stone wall looking at viewer with head cocked to one side

“To live is so startling, it leaves but little room for other occupations.” ~Emily Dickinson

I love that this quote comes from a letter written by a woman who spent much of her life in a single room of her house. And she found that life itself was so startling that it took up her whole focus.

How often do we in our busy world pay enough attention to being alive that we even see just how startling it is to live? How many of us live that life fully enough to see it for the wonder that it is?

I wish you moments of pure aliveness this week to re-discover just how startling and amazing it is to be alive!