Look Up

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I came to an upsetting realization today. While walking up the road with Mochi, my eyes on the pavement and a million thoughts running through my head, I thought, “Wow, it feels really humid today.” I looked up toward Haleakala and saw blue skies and gray, wispy clouds clinging to its side and wondered if it was a clear enough day to see the ocean from our house. This is when I realized that it was 10:30 in the morning and I hadn’t even looked out the window at the ocean. I had even walked down our driveway on the start of our walk and somehow never looked up.

I love the ocean. That’s why I live way out in the middle of one. When I was 17 I moved from the Sacramento Valley to San Diego. Not only did I now live closer to the ocean, I lived in Point Loma, right on the coast. I had an ocean view from my dorm room at Point Loma Nazarene University.window

I would gaze at the sparkling blue water on my way to class, while I was eating at the cafeteria, from the track during P.E. class, and even from the windows of my chemistry lab. As an excited new freshman I vowed to never take for granted this beauty that surrounded me.ptloma001juicy

When we moved to Maui almost 9 months ago, I couldn’t believe how easily we found our little cottage and that we were even blessed with a view of the ocean, west Maui and Lana’i. Once again, I vowed to never take this for granted.

The thing is, I consider myself a pretty oblivious person. I could be running down a trail and run smack dab into someone if Brandon didn’t yank me out of the way.  Maybe I can blame this in part on hardly ever wearing my glasses, but probably not. Sometimes I find myself so caught up in my head or my iPhone that I don’t notice much around me. I realized that happened today. I don’t know how long we will be here on Maui, so while we are here I want to take it all in, absorb it, and never ignore it. I want to see more, experience more and all in all just do more.

My hope for myself and for you is that wherever we are, we will take a look around. Take our eyes off the pavement, look out our windows, notice people around us. Put our phones down while we’re with friends or in a room full of strangers. Look up, notice the beauty surrounding us, take it all in and never take it for granted.

–A

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1 comment

  1. caryn   •  

    I love this realization because this is what we all need to do! Look UP and see what God has given us the privilege to enjoy! You are surely living in one of the most beautiful places and loving each other. Simplicity is the key!

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