I think it may be a bit ironic that on the first day of Spring (Happy Spring, friends) I am sharing a picture of snowfall. But, it is actually quite perfect because it sums up life… which is in one word, unpredictable.
All over social media many were cursing the return sight of her, and by her, I mean snow. Many the same people who in October could not contain their excitement and were the first to post her grand appearance, as we do when we finally see a long awaited friend. But, now after a few months of hanging out with her, we are done and ready to move onto bigger and better things. Spring, but let’s be honest, it is really Summer.
But, how can you curse her sight when this is what you see? She is beautiful.
Last evening as Nathan, Lo and I were heading back down this very road to our home, and, yes this is our road to our home. I know, we are lucky. My husband stopped the car and said to me, “Get out and take a picture.” Actually, he said, “Get out and take a picture. This may help us sell our home one day.”
While I chuckled, the point was in that moment he saw the beauty of life and its unpredictable ways. It hit him so hard, that we pulled over and stopped the car.
To be honest, I was so caught up, in the backseat of the car, sitting next to Lo and playing on my cell phone, that I would have never looked up to see the beauty let alone capture this photo to share.
Which leads me to say, Don’t take for granted what is right in front of you.
The unpredictability of this life is what the ride is all about.
We live in a highly-connected, super sensitive, ultra-demanding society. And, sometimes life has a way of casting bigger shadows for the smaller, more irrelevant things. How have we lost touch so much that we devote our attention on the very things that can mean the very least? Can you relate? Because I can.
I jumped out of the car when my husband asked me to because immediately upon looking up and removing my nose from my phone, I too saw the beauty before my eyes. She is beautiful and so are so many other glimpses of nature, human interactions or signs from God. But are we looking and taking it in? Probably not. I know I am guilty of this.
I fail each and every day as I drive my hour commute to look out the window at the beauty of the mountains, the rolling hills, the views and the four seasons that we are blessed to call home. I take all of that for granted until a stranger comes into town and remarks on such.
I fail every day to really look at my baby who some days is cranky, yet most pleasant as she playfully entertains herself on our bed as I rush to get ready and grumble about the stress ahead. I take for granted her being, the very present, the happiness she brings to me. The fact that she should be the very reason none of those grumblings even matter.
I fail every day to see the beauty in our messy home. I trip over toys, pick up random socks, always see dishes and never have an empty hamper. I always see our home as a chore. I take for granted the roof over my head, and more poetically the character our home is in our family’s story.
I fail every day to see the commitment and love my husband has for our home, Lo and me, as he contributes and helps so much because he knows my work life, and how it disrupts our personal time and this so-called “work-life-balance”. He knows, yet I fail to see that he is that… my balance.
I fail on so many occasions and on so many examples to see what is right there in front of me. Slapping me in the face, saying “Look at what I have placed before you. Take it in. Hold tight. Relish.”
I complain. I whine. And, if you ask certain people, I am sure they will say, “Yes. All the time.” I try to be positive, but I circle back to our highly-connected, super sensitive and ultra-demanding society I mentioned above and realize how quickly my positivity turns to negativity on any given day.
So, I have to say thank goodness for the unpredictability of life. They can open our eyes, wake us up, take our nose out of our phones. And, they can make us realize that sometimes the very thing that we view as a negative can really be a great positive in disguise. Just, like this Spring snow.
Here she is today. I snagged a few pictures this morning too from our back deck.