Just look up!
I am a very focused person. When I’m working on a project, I tune out everything around me. I don’t hear anything; I don’t see anything. My husband knows to make loud noises from a distance when he needs to interrupt me. If he approaches gently, like a normal person, I’m likely to jump right out of my chair.
I am grateful for this ability to focus. When I worked in an office cubicle, co-worker chatter didn’t bother me in the least. When I’m on a writing roll, the hours just fade away.
The problem with this focus is missing the blessings of looking up. After hours at a computer, my eyes are bleary. I know I’m supposed to give my eyes a rest; I just never think of it.
This week, I stood in my kitchen for hours making candy. Focus is very important in candy making. I watch that candy thermometer like a hawk. Eventually I noticed it was getting dark. Only then did I look up.
There – on display in my kitchen window – was the most beautiful red and purple sunset. Throwing candy-making caution to the wind, I stopped to enjoy this incredible sunset. These displays of light and changing colors last only moments, but they are a true blessing. They remind me of the beauty of the world. They make me grateful for the eyes I have to see. They cause me to stop, in the moment, to remember that every moment of my life is a blessing.
If I only look up.