Take Time to Savor Life

"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." ~ Thornton Wilder

It won't be long before the winds begin howling from the northeast bringing blankets of snow to cover the landscape. Hibernating animals will soon nestle down for their long winter naps. They instinctively know when it is time to forage and when it is time to rest. Even the trees have shaken off their last vestiges of leaves and now stand naked in the landscape. Their stark beauty stares back at us.

When I'm driving down the road, I see things that I've never noticed before. The mountain in the distance looks like a woman lying on her back face up toward the sun. The green grass floating on the river bottom looks like long wavy hair blowing in the breeze. I see expressions and forms in trees. I drive past this one tree and I see a dancer. The limbs on the tree have grown in such a way that it looks like a dancer leaping in mid-air. Recently, I took a picture of an old gnarly tree. Upon closer inspection, I saw the expression of a man's face nestled within the wrinkled bark.

Early in the morning, I time my walk with the sunrise so that I can witness the new day as it dawns. It's times like these that I feel deep in my bones the miracle of being alive. When I am connected to this miracle, I am not worried about my finances, my career or my physical health. I feel grateful to all of my ancestors for making it possible for me to be here now to experience life.

Whatever is going on in your world, take a moment to step outside of yourself and connect with the wonder of all the miracles that have taken place so that you could be here to experience your life.  Savor everything about your life: the people, the place where you call home, the animals that you share your life with, and all of  the abundance that surrounds you.

When you change your point of view, your point of view will change you by revealing the wonders and treasures that have been waiting right there for you to notice.