19 March 2013
My wife and I once had a day off together today, the first one in a long time. Over the course of the week leading up to that day, we talked a lot about what we were going to do with it. All sorts of things came to mind--day trips to mountains about four hours away, trips to visit friends a couple of hours away, even the possibility of taking an overnight trip somewhere. Finally, though, we thought of going somewhere nearby, a spot in a National Forest that was supposed to be quite nice. So that's what we did--we drove less than an hour to get up into the mountains close to where we live, and we parked the car and went for a nice two-hour walk. We saw a few deer, hawks, and lots of other birds. We didn't hear any cars or other noise pollution, and we were out in the wild, enjoying the fresh air and the silence and the sunshine and the clouds and the breeze.
Sometimes it seems that if we want to do something new and different, we look far away for our inspiration. Believe it or not, though, there are many wonderful things to see nearby, close to where you live. We just tend to think that since they are so close, we'll always have a chance to see them, so we put them off until some other time. This is why so many New Yorkers die before they see the Statue of Liberty, and why so many people in Arizona and Southern California and Nevada never have seen the Grand Canyon.
But we don't have to go far away to have a good time or to see something exciting. We can find those things close by--all we have to do is look for them, and make the decision to visit them as soon as we can. If we don't do this, we risk missing out on some of the nicest things around, thinking that the better things to see have to be further away. It's a lot like we treat ourselves, thinking that the best things are outside of ourselves, while we have some pretty marvelous characteristics and traits inside of ourselves all the while.
What's near you that's beautiful? What's amazing that's located nearby that you haven't yet seen or experienced? You can find those things and enjoy them immensely, but only if you look for them and then make the decision to visit them and make them a part of your life, a part of your memories, a part of all that you've experienced on this beautiful planet of ours.