Friday, May 8, 2009

Look up!

Yesterday, horseback riding was hard. I was so tired, I was just forcing myself to go, because I didn't know what else to do. I didn't want to disappoint anyone. I didn't want to waste beautiful weather. I didn't want to be lazy. I didn't know where else I would go - nowhere offers peace or rest, so I might as well go be on a horse.

I found myself looking down - focusing hard just to stay on the horse and get up (and then back down) the mountain.

At one point, I heard a voice say, "Look up!"

I looked up and saw the sky, the beautiful rock faces, the trees, the leaves, the birds, even the horses are really quite magnificent.

I realized that so often I get caught up in the task at hand - pushing through to get to the end of the journey, I don't see the beauty around me. I miss everything while climbing, because all I can see is climbing. Sometimes, I just need to stop, "Look up!" and see all that there is to see.


  1. I think many of us often miss the beauty around us. This is good advice, we all need to stop and "Look up!" more often.

  2. I have that all the time! I don't have the problem nearly as often as I used to. But I still get it all the time when I'm hiking. I go hiking to see the beauty in the mountains and don't look at anything but the dirt beneath my feet. :(