Inspiration: To really OPEN up to receive the gifts in each moment...
Back in the day, I was an avid runner. Running any distance under six miles I considered a joke. Guess my ego self was truly in the lead. Today, if I ran that distance I would be as sore as anything. In fact a few weeks ago I was.
It was a beautiful sunny day. The thought of going to the gym made me cringe. So out of nowhere I put my old running sneakers on and decided to go to Central Park; a place my feet literally made love to for so many years...I told myself I had to take it easy no matter how good a shape I was in. So on that divine day, I ran about 2.75 miles. Then I must have walked a few more around NYC and by the next day, my hamstrings were screaming!!! Ouch I thought. Especially after going to yoga class and really feeling how tight my muscles were.
It has been a few weeks, but since the weather here in the city has truly been stellar, I decided to give it another "run". This time going a bit further; not to fast. Taking in all the beauty that surrounded me. I was good to my word and didn't complete the entire loop and decided to walk. I still get the whole running thing, being in nature, connecting with the nature elements. But when I slowed down to walk at a literal snails pace, I really saw it all.
As I was walking I was thinking about some external issues that were weighing down on me. Then suddenly, I turn to my right. I see a sweet looking younger woman. A brunette with a ponytail and sunglasses. In her hand was one of those sticks. That the blind use.
She was standing in place and looked as if she didn't know which way to go. I casually walked over and asked her what her destination was. With a great big smile, she said, " I would like to go to the East side. Eighty-eighth and Madison." After explaining to her the best way to go, she then broke it down directionally to me. East, North, etc. This is how she directed herself. A huge smile and radiance exuding from her being. She was happy to just be headed in the right direction. She thanked me politely and was on her way.
As I left this divine encounter I was amazed. Here was this girl who couldn't see with her eyes but really saw more deeply than most of us. She was truly living in the moment with an energy that exuded love, gratitude and heart. Wow I thought. A big wake up call...
Many of us (and yes me, guilty) walk around in a haze or daze at times. Not feeling as abundant as maybe we should be. Not experiencing the beauty and gifts that are around us in each moment. So who was really more blind??? As I continued to walk, I thought about a dear friend I have not seen or heard from in a while. A moment later, I found something with their first name initial on it. I pick it up and cried. A gentle reminder that it is in moment where we are truly alive. It is the small stuff that really matters. It is living with an open heart filled with possibility and awe....Are your eyes wide open?
Wishing you a day filled with grace and MAGIC!
With Love, Denise