My Internet was down so I went to the local university. A deadline was impending, and I pounded out the words.

When I stepped out of the lab, two trees towered over me. The leaves were mauve, almost see-through purple, with hints of pink, red, and green.

In the distance the hills had started to splash with color.

And to think I almost missed it.

My head was bent down. My arms loaded with a laptop, books, a Bible, and a strawberry-banana smoothie.

I had one goal: to get to my car.

But those trees…


How many times do I miss the beauty around me while I strive toward a goal or destination?

How many times am I impatient with someone — possibly turning their entire day in a new direction — because I’m so focused on where I’m going that I fail to see the person standing in front of me?

Sometimes I’m so busy planning for the future, I forget the value of now.

Take a moment.

What do you hear?

Look around you.

What do you see?



Look at that child playing in the corner. Notice the curl in his hair. Appreciate  his smile.

{{The pic is of my beautiful grandson, Josiah. Isn’t he wonderful?}}

Look at the flowers in your garden. Take a deep breath. Smell.

What just came alive to you as you appreciate the value of now?