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Are You Overlooking Life?

Are You Overlooking Life?

Greetings one and all…

Today, I am curious as to how you see Life. Are you focused on the here and now? Or, do you worry about what may happen in the days and weeks to come—focusing on what might be? Perhaps you are too distracted by demands and responsibilities to focus on anything. Regardless of your current perspective, I have no doubt there have been times during which you overlooked Life. Moments were missed because of worries, distractions, and/or busyness. It happens to all of us. But I wonder, can we live more intentionally so as not to miss the magical moments of Life?

Mountain-Top Experience

Last week, I traveled to the mountains west of Denver to enjoy 7 days of hiking, relaxing, and being. There is nothing I enjoy more than being outside and savoring all that nature has to offer. Sunrise. Sunset. Raindrops on aspen leaves. Fog rising from a mountain stream. A doe and her fawns. Elk running across a mountain valley. Marmots sunning on a boulder. These were the simple, yet sacred, moments that fed my mind, my body, and my spirit last week. Granted, I have the opportunity to enjoy simple moments every day. I don’t have to wait for a trip to the mountains. However, when distracted by the demands and worries of work and Life, I can overlook life-giving moments. My time in the mountains was the much needed reminder to be intentionally attentive to Life—everyday. I don’t want to miss a moment!

Overlooking Life is Common

Evidently, I am not the only person who struggles with being consistently aware and appreciative of the moment. I met several people on the trails who were merely going through the motions—detached from the experience of being in the Rocky Mountains. I felt badly for those individuals who missed the opportunity to truly enjoy everything that Life had to offer in that amazing place. Three encounters serve as extraordinary examples of overlooking Life:

Digitally Connected Yet Disconnected from Life – As I descended a rather steep portion of a trail late one morning, I met a family on the ascent. The parents led the group with three children of various ages tagging along. The oldest child brought up the rear. Head down. Staring at the screen of a SmartPhone. As I approached the young woman, she veered onto my side of trail, oblivious to my presence. When I said hello, she made the needed correction without comment. She trudged on without shifting her gaze from the screen—totally disconnected from the surrounding beauty. She overlooked Life.

Is There an Overlook Ahead? – I will never forget the woman who approached me on a trail frantically asking, “Is there an overlook ahead?” She desperately wanted to know if there was anything worth seeing further up the trail. To be honest, I had no idea how to respond since the entire trail was an overlook. Every step offered a gorgeous view! However, this woman wanted a designated overlook that gave credibility to the scene. As a result, she missed the unfolding view of the journey. She overlooked Life.

Can We Go Back? – I met a family on the trail one morning about 1 mile into the hike. As I approached, I heard snippets of the ongoing discussion. The kids repeatedly asked, “Can we go back now?” The parents firmly responded, “No!” Obviously, there was a lack of consensus about what constituted a good time that morning. As I hiked on, I reflected on the lost opportunity for the family. Because they were distracted by a heated debate, they were unable to absorb the magic of that morning on the trail. They overlooked Life.

Bring the Mountain-Top Experience Home

I am so incredibly grateful for my time in the mountains. As I re-engage with my work and routine this week, I choose to be attentive to the moment. Focusing on what is before me, I am less likely to overlook Life. By so doing, I bring that mountain-top experience into my everyday existence. So, how about you? What are you focused on today? What is Life offering in this moment? What do you seek to see? Important questions to consider. May your answers lead you to the mountain top as well. Take good care and enjoy the moment. Blessings on your journey……jane

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