(From TheNotSoPerfectLifeblog.wordpress.com)

I just got back from a seven mile hike in the cold. I have to be at class at 8 am for a final, and in 2 days I take my third final. Then I'm on break, at which time I will probably hibernate until Christmas Eve. Seriously, this blogger needs sleep.

Do you ever find yourself in such a routine, so chained to your schedule, that you kind of forget to be present? What I mean is that I was driving in to work this morning thinking about so many things that had to get done and future plans to smooth out that I barely even remember most of the drive. I do remember the part that made me snap out of it. My current favorite country song came on just as the sunrise was showing at full-blast over the mountains. It took my breath away, and I realized something I lost sight of somewhere on this fast-track to virtually nowhere.

There are so many things in this world that drag us down if we let them. Just look at 2016 and tell me otherwise. Life was never meant to be easy, and yet we constantly act as if it owes us something better. Something easier and more comfortable. We don't realize that alot of what we have and the lives we lead are nothing short of a gift to be used in the lives of others.

There are good and pure things all around us if we quit staring at the negative or debilitating things in our lives. I realize that all this stuff is important, but don't get to the end of your life and wonder if what you missed out on was better than what you were focused on.

For example, that sunrise this morning. The customer who asked how school was going. The co-worker who needed a laugh today, and whatever the heck I said worked. The friends who push you to finish the hike and reach the top of the mountain. Witnessing the most awe-inspiring landscape and surreal watercolors nature displayed. The computer that came in the mail 3 days earlier than expected, and the long-distance friend who just told you she's visiting soon.

All these things could have been overshadowed by the responsibilities weighing on me today. But because Someone knew I needed a wake-up call, I was able to enjoy the good stuff. Are you?

Christina

Published by Christina Rowland