The Ability to Stop, Look and Enjoy

This delicate fern grows near a shrine In Aizuwakamatsu, Japan that was built in 1792, and this fern has been growing there ever since. The color and texture add value and life to the area. I stopped in my tracks to take this close up picture knowing that I may never see this pattern again.

Too often we fail to remember what we bring to the world that no one else can supply. We may be self aware of what we have to offer the world – texture, longevity, color, distinctiveness – but we are that way all the time. We forget that we encounter new people everyday who have not yet experienced our gifts and what those gifts can bring to their thought process.

It is the textures we bring into our everyday lives that enrich our world and the world of everyone around us. Sometimes it is the small things that make the greatest impact. The details and intricate elements force us to slow down, move closer, and truly examine what we are seeing. Most people are astounded and amazed by the effort and energy it takes to take care of the details in everyday living. The details require that we slow down and pay attention, and that we allow people to know and understand the textures we bring to the world.

When was the last time you slowed down enough to notice the intricate details around you? When did you last reveal to the people in your life the textures you can bring to their world? Take time today to stop and admire the beautiful things in your own world and to share your gifts with others.

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