How can we hear the whisper of the wind in the
branches if we're always in our cars or always have
headphones on or earbuds in? How can we hear the
voice of the sea if we spend all our time in the house,
playing video games or watching TV? How can we look
up to the midnight stars if we never take the time or make
the effort to get outside when all is dark and the stars
shine so brightly; or if we are outside, if we never even
take the time to stop and look up at the sky?
The natural world gives of itself constantly--scenes more
spectacular than any photo or painting, sounds that are
more melodic and more impressive than any piece of
music. Unfortunately, as time goes on and on, we get
less and less in touch with these things--we see and hear
them less, we feel them less, we make them less and less a
part of our lives. But we can enrich our lives
immediately by deciding just to pay attention to these
things that already exist all about us.
Some of the most amazing moments that I've experienced on
this planet have been spent standing on a beach, watching
and listening to the waves break as they make their ways
to shore. The sounds of these moments have stayed
with me always, and I love to remember them sometimes,
closing my eyes and recalling the sounds and sights.
They've given me memories that most definitely do enrich
my life, and I feel grateful that they've been a part of
that life. My happiness does come from inside, of
course, but it's the decision to stop, watch, listen, pay
attention to, and appreciate such things that give me that
happiness. If I choose to make things such as waves
and wind and stars a part of my reality, then I choose to
enrich my life. Thus I shall never lead a barren
life, and my days never shall be empty.