Have you ever lay out in the sun and stared up at the clouds and tried to figure out what that cloud reminded you of? I did, many, many times. It’s one way I love to relax and pass the time. Unfortunately, I don’t do it as much as I’d like to, but I have decided that I am making it one of my New Year’s Resolution to do so. Yep, that’s right, to admire the clouds more often.
You don’t actually have to lay down on the ground to do so. Sure, nothing beats being able to totally bum around and relax into the lawn chair and soaking it all in. Boy does that thought bring back a fond memory from a business trip I went on once. That day I had time to kill and I decided to go for a walk. I ended up in a local children’s playground/park near the hotel. Kids were playing close by and I was sitting at a picnic table watching them. I looked up and noticed the gorgeous sky above me so I decided to admire the beautiful gift which was unfolding before my very eyes. My jacket quickly became my impromptu blanket and I lay down on top of it. The sun was beaming down it’s hot rays, the breeze was cool and nippy. I lifted my top just high enough to expose my belly button and feel the sun’s warmth on my skin. All the while I was admiring the dynamic painting being created in the sky. In the distance the children’s laughter echoed in my ears. This was bliss, and this memory has been etched into my mind since.
Today on the way to work, I was able to witness another gorgeous scene. The sun was just rising behind a condo building up the road in front of me. I couldn’t actually see the sun, but it’s reflection was present on the clouds surrounding it. The parts closest to the sun were bright yellow and then they gradually changed to vibrant yellowish-orange, then to bright orange and onto a rosie-pink. Some clouds were plump like cotton balls and others smooth like water. The clouds were mesmerising. I so wanted to pull the car over to the side of the road and just sit there and take it all in. I must have had some strange exprssion on my face, or looked like a weirdo because I caught the woman in the next lane staring at me with a strange look on her face while we were stopped at the red light. Oh well…I probably won’t ever see her again anyway so who cares. Hahahaha.
You’re probably wondering what my point is. I do have one. Actually, it’s more of a request – of you. Please just take 5 minutes out of the day to look around you, really look. You can find beauty anywhere – from the clouds, to the snow, to the brown dried up leaves. It’s all there. It always has been. And if you just concentrate on what’s in front of you, you may even feel the peace inside of you which this beauty’s intention is to bring to you. Be willing to see.