In life many people never look up. They just look straight ahead or look down. I find it’s always good to look up. Enjoy the sun and moon, the sky, clouds, the sunset, moon set, sunrise and moon rise. And every Summer, living here in Seattle, it’s good to look up and see the Blue Angels that fly over every Seafair festival.
I decided it was time for me to be alone with myself and search my soul. I went into the desert of Arizona and looked deep within myself. I found the time I spent there enlightening. I had never noticed before how many incredible flowers grow in such a dry, hot place.
I also learned a great deal about myself and gained more patience and grace in my life. I remembered what was important in life and to always pay attention to the details. Always look up at the sky, the mountains, the sunset and sunrise, around at the flowers and all life and soak up every moment on this wonderful planet.
Here in the Northwest of the United States, our summers can come late, end early or be full of precipitation. But this summer has not disappointed. It has come early, continues to burn hot, and shows no signs of ending early. It is a time for road trips, hiking, exploring, camping, spending time at the beach, on the water and together, eating outside and enjoying time on the deck as much as possible.
As we continue to enjoy time outside and this pristine weather, we remember that family is important and that family must always come first. It is family that we work for, get up every morning and go to our jobs, save up, pay for benefits and plan for the future. Without family, fun in the sun this summer and every summer just wouldn’t have any meaning.
Get out there and enjoy the summer fun with your family!
I believe it is human nature that we take everything for granted. We always want what we do not have. The grass always seems greener on the other side of the hill. Our memories only include the positive things or what we want to remember. But today I am making a conscious effort, and every day after this I hope, to be thankful for everything that I have. I want to be grateful and not always want something else, something different, something better. I don’t want to be stubborn and stereotypical and always long for something different, then getting broad-sided when I lose what I have. I don’t want to feel that grief of loss and regret, wishing I had appreciated everything I had BEFORE I lost it.
So as we approach this Valentine’s Day, whether all of you have a Valentine or someone special to spend it with or not, take the time to be grateful and thankful for all that you have. Take the time to smell the roses and enjoy the sunrise and sunset. Be grateful for your family, friends, job, car, house or apartment and remember to remind yourself to be grateful every day of your life.
Hot air balloons were originally invented to observe and predict the weather. Then they were used during the Civil War for reconnaissance and intelligence. Today, they are used purely for pleasure. Where I live, hot air balloons go up every morning and every evening in the summer. They go up so people can view the sunrise and sunset from an amazing perspective.
Every summer, I know summer has begun when I hear the jet of the gas and the burn of the flame in the morning, as the first balloons go up to view the Summer sunrise. It is an excellent sound and an awesome feeling to know that it is going to be warm and sunny for three months. I love Summer!
I think it is wonderful to see that people are not only reading my blog, but also taking my advice and doing what I suggest! Watching sunrises and sunsets whenever and wherever possible is a wonderful habit to feed your soul and improve your outlook. It reminds us that nature is so powerful and that we live in a wonderful world, and gives us new hope. As Spring approaches and new flowers are opening, the days are getting longer and the morning is brighter, look forward to a new and productive Summer as well.
As the yard and the garden now will need more care, you will have more opportunity to be outside so be sure to enjoy nature after you do your yard work. And don’t forget to keep looking up and enjoying those sunrises and sunsets. And with the clear skies, there will be many chances to also now enjoy the stars and moon as well.
All words and photos copyright 2013 by Eddie Edwards.