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Do you notice the little things?
It was just a quick zip through Yellowstone. If you’ve been there, you know that it could take at least a couple of days to see it all. When the buffalo are thick, it could take a week. If you’ve been there, you know.
We wanted to see as much as we could, so we tried to keep moving, but we did get out of the car and hike around, too. We saw Old Faithful, and we hiked up around the Artist’s Paint Pots. We saw geysers, and a couple of buffalo. (Yes, only a couple. Someone must have warned the animals we were coming, as they were all hiding elsewhere this time.)
With all there was to see, what did the kids want pictures of, and really stop to watch? Dragonflies and little bitty blue flowers. We stooped to get a closer look at the dragonflies perched on grass blades while pools and streams bubbled and steamed just beyond where we stood. I would have thought the hot pools would have been more intriguing.
My kids often cause me to stop and reflect. How often do we take time to stop and watch the dragonflies, with their colorful bodies and iridescent wings? Do we capture them on camera so we can remember that time years from now? Or do we simply say, “Cool!” and keep going, because we have bigger things to do that day?
The saying, “Take time to stop and smell the roses,” may be worn out, but how often do we? My daughter was fascinated with the water droplets on these roses, which happened to smell beautiful as well. How easy it is to walk past them and get on with the tasks at hand, missing the beauty around us.
Are you like me? So many things to get done today, and so little time to do them all… I tend to get very focused on what needs to be done, and I often forget to stop and appreciate the little things around me. Perhaps I need to start singing The Sound of Music’s My Favorite Things a bit more often! After all, how could Maria know that those were her favorite things if she never stopped to notice them?
Will you join me today? Let’s decide together to notice something that we would generally brush past without thinking, and take a moment to really stop and appreciate it. Leave a comment and let me know what you really saw today!