a walk in the woods

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could grasp on to a moment whenever we felt like it?  Stop time in its tracks. 

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could bring the day, the hour, the second to a halt?

Wouldn’t it be nice if we all could live just one day as if it were our last?  How would we live?  What would we try to change?  Try to fix?

Or maybe we wouldn’t change anything.  Maybe we would just suddenly realize how in love we were with life itself.  How much we enjoyed the simple, everyday things that don’t always seem to warrant a second glance.

On first appearance, there isn’t much to appreciate about an autumn walk in the woods right now.  As I was strolling through the crunchy leaves in my backyard, I noticed that there was no color.  No pizazz.  Everything looked kind of…well…drab.

Fallen branches.  Old, decaying leaves.  Bare tree limbs.

But then I found the hidden beauty.  A splash of color here and there.  Something new.  Something completely unexpected.

In a way, a nature walk isn’t so different from real life.  Sometimes there are days that feel kind of drab.  Horribly ordinary.  Nothing special.

But usually—more times than not—if you open up your eyes, stop time for just a second, and look around you, you’ll notice there’s a lot of beauty to be found.  Waiting to be discovered.  Waiting to be seen.

And, so, here is your challenge…

…if you choose to accept it. 😉

From here until Thanksgiving, start each morning—each breakfast—with a prayer of thanks.  For something.  Anything. 

Because we all have so much to appreciate.  So much to enjoy.  So much beauty to savor.

So much to be thankful for.

Question: What are you thankful for today?