When I pull into my Angel parking spot I see the highway, but behind the highway are brilliant yellow leaves and snow capped mountains absolutely gorgeous in their October glory.
So often behind the ugly the Angels show me the beauty. Beauty that is there every day if only I take time to see it. They remind me, “Slow down. See. Appreciate.”
I see wrinkles around the eyes and mouth and see a life filled with laughter. I see calloused fingers showing hard work. I see stretch marks showing the gift of motherhood. I see scars as proof of survival.
I see paying a bill as being blessed enough to have the money to pay it. I see my sick child at home as my being lucky enough to be able to stay home and take care of her. I see my 92-year old grandfather passing away while holding the hands of family as a life well lived and filled with love. I see a house that is a complete mess as a home full of activity.
I see that even at the very heart of the horrid; (the earthquakes, the hurricanes, the shootings) even then, even through my tears I see heros and survivors and oh so much love for others!
I tell my daughters that most things in life are good, some days we just have to look a little bit harder. Some days we just have to create our own sunshine. Some days we may have to squint to see it, but somewhere the good is there.
A favorite teacher of my elementary school daughter had a quote on her wall last year that said “Your day will go the way the corners of your mouth turn.”
I love that quote and also feel that my day will go the way I train my eyes to see. (Even if I have to put on my cheaters).
Do I look at the highway? Or do I look at the mountains the highway leads to? The answer is obvious. Thank you Angels for helping me to see more clearly today, please help me continue to do so.
What did you see today?