Recently, I went for a walk in the evening to clear my head. I emerged from my thoughts long enough to look up and notice the illumination of the clouds in the eastern sky. I snapped this photo with my cell phone:
I walked a hilly cul-de-sac and upon heading east again, I looked up, anxious to see how the sunset light show had changed. I thought maybe I would be blessed with an even more beautiful display. I was surprised to find this:
In the span of seven minutes, the glow had disappeared. The beautiful display obviously intended to be brief, and only for those who paused long enough to take notice. Of course, this got me thinking (and dashed all hopes of clearing my head, haha.)
It made me wonder how many moments like this in life I miss because I’m wrapped up in the unimportant stuff that I allow to consume me… those worries that seem so large. The funny thing is, these thoughts that occupy my mind are often things that no amount of obsessing over will resolve because the variables are completely out of my control. I’m finally starting to learn that maybe, just maybe, being outside my head is a happier place :)
Sometimes taking notice of things around me takes a more humorous turn. I’ve told the kids countless times not to leave their cups on the table. Aaaand, their cups are always left on the table. One day, within forty minutes of each other, I took the following photos:
That day, my younger son got home from school and refilled his water cup. After he took a drink, I showed him the photos thinking maybe he would see why he shouldn’t leave his cup on the table. He did turn a little green so I got all smug, thinking my point had been made and the table would now be cup-free.
Nope. Cups are still left on the table; the only difference is, they each use 5 cups a day instead of 1. Oh, and they always leave fresh water in them for the cats- “because it’s cute.” (Um, no it’s not…)
Sigh. I didn’t see that one coming.