We passed several of these signs on the road today. This one caught my eye. You can see the yellow and black signs along the main road indicating a turn ahead – and the blue View Point sign indicating the opportunity to get off the main road, stop, and admire the scenery.
I think we need to pay attention to the View Point signs that show up in our lives. What a wonderful reminder that we need to get out of the traffic – off the highway. Stop what we’re so busy doing, and just admire the beauty around us.
Recently, we have lost several friends, and have some that are battling severe illness. A sobering reminder of the fragility of life. Even if you are healthy, young, and active – tomorrow is not promised. Today – this moment – the present – is a gift. Balance your life well – be generous with love and forgiveness (towards yourself as well as others). Do your best, with integrity in all that you do, but don’t become enslaved by perfectionism. Laugh – a lot – at yourself, and at life. Celebrate life – seek joy – create and share joy. Review your priorities and make them count.
Our road trip has altered my perspective in so many ways. I realize how small I have allowed my world to become. My “world” has become so small as to include the place I am at and not much more. My ego encourages me to see myself as the center of that little world. How beautiful it has been to have my world enlarged – to realize that I am one tiny part of this huge glorious world that God gave us! And we are seeing a small part of that world.
Slowing down, paying heed to the road signs indicating curves ahead, is a very necessary safety practice. Choosing to take the detour to see the view points in life is a luxury – more than that – a necessity for a life well-lived!
Grace Lesson: Acknowledge the fragile nature of life – and appreciate the View Point.