Last Sunday my wife and I went up to Mary’s Peak, the highest peak in the Oregon Coast Range. It’s a great spot that affords commanding views of the Cascades, the Willamette Valley, and the Pacific Ocean. The day we were there was sunny and beautiful, which made the scene all the more spectacular.
When my wife and I were dating (multiple decades ago) we used to go up to Mary’s Peak often. We’d go with friends to have a picnic and watch the sun set. Those were great times resulting in fond memories. We’d sit up there and talk about future events and discuss how much we enjoyed living in and exploring the Pacific Northwest. The views from Mary’s peak always left me feeling energized and excited to be alive.
Our visit last week was no different. As we hiked the summit and sat around enjoying the view, I felt the same familiar excitement I did all those years ago, and still feel today. It’s an excitement to get out and experience the world around me. An excitement to travel, try new things, to do my best at work and in my personal pursuits, to be the best husband, family member, employee, friend, and Christian I can be.
Naturally scenic settings, especially on sunny days, have always caused me to feel that way. There’s something in their beauty that makes me want to do and be my best. I was glad to see that my excitement by and for these places hasn’t changed.
Are there places that energize and cause you to want to do an be your best? I encourage you to revisit, or even discover the places or events that get you excited to be alive. Because the world needs people who excited about doing and being their best.