Quite often in life, I get so focused on where I’m going that I forget to enjoy the beauty along the way. I become so absorbed with finishing everything on my to-do list that I miss the special moments that occur along the way.
Earlier this week I had to make a trip to our cottage for a small task that needed to be done. I awoke thinking of all the things I needed do as I’m preparing for my Holiday Home Show and had a ton of tasks on my to-do list. I wasn’t looking forward to taking 1 1/2 hours out of my already busy day to drive the whole way there and back for an errand that would take only 5 minutes to accomplish.
That morning as I took my dog out for his morning ‘constitutional’ I was greeted with the sight of a gorgeous morning sky. As I stood looking at it I was reminded that even when life is harried that there are gifts of beauty along the way that are easily overlooked.
As I drove up the mountain to the cottage I began to notice just how beautiful the scenery was along way. It’s late-Autumn here in central PA and the leaves are turning amazing colors. Both sides of the road are lined with trees and it seemed as though each time I drove around a curve in the road the colors were more amazing than the the last.
One section is lined by pine trees. Even though the bright colors of the deciduous trees are extremely beautiful, the line of green pines has it’s own charm.
As I turned onto a gravel road the scenery changed, but still had a special kind of beauty.
Entering the driveway I felt a sense of peace (as I often do). This time of year when it’s completely covered by pine needles and leaves even the car was quiet.
Even though the cottage is nothing fancy, to me it’s a beautiful sight. It’s my ‘piece of heaven on earth’ – a place I can relax and experience a sense of peace that I don’t always feel at our home. On this day, as I got out of the car and headed to the door, this is what I saw:
I couldn’t help but smile as I imagined the sound effect you hear in movies when something has a bright light shining on it – like an angelic chorus. (Click here to hear the sound I heard in my head) I know that may sound a bit dramatic and a little silly, but in a real way, this little place has been a heavenly gift to me. It’s where I can slow down enough to focus on the truly important things in life and be able to appreciate all of the beauty that is around me. On this day, even though I wasn’t able to spend much time there, I did take time to notice the beauty on drive. I wish I could always have the mind-set to be more aware of special moments along this journey called ‘life’. I hate to think that I am missing any heavenly gifts along the way.
I can’t remember if I finished everything on my list that day, but I do remember feeling grateful for all the beauty around me.