As I was driving to the gym at 5:10 AM on a dark Tuesday morning this week I was fortunate to see an absolutely beautiful natural scene.
The full moon was high in the clear, dark western sky, illuminating a band of clouds that had stacked up along the eastern slope of the Oregon Coast Range. The moon’s reflected light cast down on the clouds causing them to pop against the black sky with brilliant shades of silver, white, and gray. The tableau was so striking, so breath-taking and unexpected that I just stopped in the middle of the road to watch it for a moment. (One of the benefits of a small town in the wee hours of the morning.)
As beautiful as this scene was, it would have been easy to miss, had I been too mentally distracted to notice. I’m amazed at how busy our minds can get, with all the life events that clamor for bits of our mental capacity. Whether it’s thinking about the people, places, or things in our life, or keeping up with all the technological notifications and alerts we’re bombarded with, our minds can easily become so full that we find ourselves distracted from, if not blind to, the things going on right in front of us.
I hate to think of being too distracted to notice such a beautiful moonlit scene. But even worse, I wonder what other beautiful things I have failed to notice in my past, simply because I was too distracted to see them.
As we’re going about living active lives, let’s make sure we’re saving some mental capacity to take notice of the beautiful things happening right in front of us. We never know when a naturally beautiful scene will make a surprise appearance.
Let’s be ready for it!