“Ralph Waldo Emerson once asked what we would do if the stars only came out once every thousand years. No one would sleep that night, of course. The world would create new religions overnight. We would be ecstatic, delirious, made rapturous by the glory of God. Instead the stars come out every night, and we watch television.”
I didn’t expect for those words to be printed in a book about food. I was reading Kathy Preston’s Veganist looking for new plant based recipes when I read them. They got me thinking.
Why don’t we notice the magnifigance that is all around us all the time? Before I moved to Utah, I would visit and almost get dizzy driving through the canyons. Now that I’ve lived here for more than 7 years, I’ve gotten used to my surroundings.
While hiking yesterday with my husband, I wondered how I’d gotten used to something so majestic. When I visit a new city or other places where I don’t spend much time, I do my best to take it all in. I look up and down and all around.
At home, I often view the world from a “getting things done” lens, instead of a “I’m so blessed to live in such beauty” lens, but by simply choosing to view things differently, I can better appreciate my life and surroundings.
10 ways to avoid getting used to beauty
- Find the beauty in different.
- Slow down.
- Take a different route.
- Dump distractions.
- Get lost.
- Love the day you’ve been given.
- Let kindness be your guide.
- Simply be inspired by nature.
The lens and filters we choose to view life all come down to one thing. Attitude. When it seems like the circumstances of your life are dulling your view, remember you choose how to see the world.
Here is the nature that inspired me this weekend…
As Mark and I were hiking and marveling over mountain streams, green meadows, vibrant flowers and breathtaking views, I am quite sure I heard God speak. He simply said, “You’re welcome.”