It is important to slow down. Turn off our cell phones, iPads, laptops and televisions. There is a magnificent world out there that we fail to see. We are too busy. We have buried ourselves within our rushed and hectic lives.
I do not want to miss the joy and spontaneous wonder that my eight-year old son experiences as he flies a kite in our backyard. My daughter enjoys to write. She has an amazing and vivid imagination. She bubbles with excitement as she shares recent chapters she has written from her futuristic tales. My eldest son loves cars. His eyes light up when he rattles off the details of the latest sports car model.
When I take a walk or ride my bike I see the beauty that surrounds me. The morning sun rises in the distance and shines its radiance upon the earth. Large cotton ball clouds fill the sky. Birds sing and dogs bark. Flowers bloom.
The night has a beauty all to itself. Millions of stars light up the night sky. Crickets chirp and fireflies blink. An owl hoots in the distance. The gentle breeze on the back of my neck cools me off.
The quiet of the night calms and soothes me. It beckons me to pause. All I want to do is rest in the arms of the night and let them gently embrace me. My work for the day is complete. It is time to put my feet up and relax. Tomorrow will take care of itself.
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