How often do you think, “Isn’t it amazing?”
Probably not often, right?
In our normal days, the routines, the places and the faces are well known and expected.
Until we get that jolt from something unexpected or we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of unknown territory and then AMAZEMENT!
Amazement is a wonderful feeling. And I’m fortunate enough to say that I’ve been feeling it a lot lately since we moved to Colorado.
It SNOWED yesterday. In MAY!
I can take a few steps outside my door and see MOUNTAINS!
There are PRAIRIE DOGS and RABBITS along the trail we walk.
I’ve seen real-life TUMBLEWEEDS! They aren’t just in cartoons, guys.
Now if you’ve lived in Colorado or the West, these things probably seem pretty commonplace and you’re wondering what this city slicker from Texas is freaking out about. But,
But, y’all! It SNOWED! I just stared out the window most of the day or I ran outside to take pictures of it and me in it. I doubt too many other people around here did that.
It’s all so amazing to me.
But if I rewind back to our old lives in Houston where I had eight grocery stores within five minutes from my house, where I could clearly see the city skyline from our bedroom and I could easily see the Fourth of July fireworks from those same windows, those things don’t seem that extraordinary to me. And they are!
We take so much for granted.
I think about the popular post from Glennon Doyle Melton, “Give Me Gratitude or Give Me Debt” where she puts it all in so much perspective. We have refrigerators that cool things, guys! We can turn on a faucet and get water!
We are all so fortunate (if you’re reading this, you have a computer of some sort and an internet connection, so you’re doing pretty well.)
And another piece I love comes from Louis CK’s bit on Conan about “Everything is Amazing and Nobody is Happy.” With all the talk about airlines in the news these days, it’s easy to forget that we are FLYING! Yes, the seat may be uncomfortable, but you are in a SEAT FLYING THROUGH THE AIR! You are eating a bag of pretzels in the SKY!
Amazement feels so much better than the numb feeling that comes with thinking everything is ordinary or expected.
Take, for example, the internet.
You can connect with loved ones.
Make new friends or even find a spouse.
Learn a new skill.
Watch a funny movie.
Buy toliet paper.
Find out how tall Tom Cruise really is.
Apply for a job.
Take a virtual tour of a museum.
Watch a live stream from across the planet.
And the list goes on and on.
Try to take some time today to look at your life with fresh eyes because it’s pretty freaking amazing.