I remember the first sunset I saw after getting sober and I was in awe at the beauty before me. Naturally, I had seen many sunsets before but not like this, it was as if I had a pair of shaded glasses on before. Of course, the sunset that was not different, I had taken the glasses off and could see things in a new way, the way they were meant to be seen.
You do not have to be an alcoholic to miss how amazing this life is. In fact, it is easy to create a pair of shaded glasses by getting absorbed into the daily grind, our habitual lives and our conditioning. We forget what it was like as a child to see things for the first time. The shock and awe of it all was overwhelming yet as we grow older and become familiar with things, we lose our sense of awe. It only happens when we take ourselves out of our daily lives and break the patterns. Should we have to take a vacation to find something to be amazed about in this life?
When we see the same thing repeatedly, the mind begins to overlook it. For example, you post an affirmation up on your computer or bathroom mirror and after a few days, you do not see it anymore. The mind blocks it out and we miss what is right in front of us. This does not happen with just the simple things in life but also the amazing things. We look at a sunset and it is just another sunset. We take for granted the beating of our heart, which is very amazing not to mention all the other things the body does.
Why am I telling you this, because if you are not amazed then you are not paying attention to your life. There are wondrous things happening every second of every day. If we do not stop and take notice then we are missing some of the greatest gifts that this life is offering us. The ability to experience, see and feel things; to take part in this wondrous creation we call life. Remember to find a moment each day to be amazed and see how that changes your life for the better. However, please do not use a post-it on the bathroom mirror to remind you.
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