You’re likely to be outdoors at this time of year sunning or maybe reading, maybe both. Stop. Look up. Take off those reading glasses. Take it all in.
Or you’re on vacation, walking through crowds. It’s hot, the cobblestones slow everyone down. So stop. Look up. Be the one who takes it all in.
Like a child, you love a boat ride. You’re busy watching the shore. But wait. There’s more. Look up. Take it all in.
Some things can best be seen only by looking up. So when you stop to do that, is it cheating? Who cares! Look up. Take it all in!
Hurry and look up. Life passes quickly, and you can’t stop it. But you can still take it all in.
You can see things that couldn’t be seen before, sometimes, when you stop and look up. So breathe deeply and take it all in.
Or you see something in a different way than you could have before, when you stop and look up. Take it all in. And take a selfie, too.
Nature changes, but how much do you notice? Look up from the sidewalk and take it all in.
A change of scene, a change of scenery. We know one tree is not like the next. But we miss out on the differences if we don’t stop, look up, take it all in.
Maybe you haven’t been there since you were four. Will your memories match up? Stop and look up. You have been waiting so long. Take it all in.
Even if you’re already up, stop. Look out every now and again, or you’ll miss something. Who knows what? Maybe it’s the day pigs can fly. Wouldn’t you have a story to tell then!
Get your head out of that phone. Be the realest thing around. Stop and look up. This is “your one wild and precious life.” Take it all in.
“Your ne wild and precious life” is from the poem “The Summer Day,” (c) Mary Oliver, 1992.
Look Up – July 8, 2016