Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
I travel into town through a beautiful canyon everyday. When it’s early morning and the sun is just cresting the mountains behind me, the rays illuminate the canyon’s rocks and boldness into a sight that shouldn’t be missed, not ever, because it truly is spectacular.
Most days I’m able to see the canyon and all its glory. And then there are those days when I’m not able to see the canyon at all, and it’s not because the canyon disappeared or turned ugly. The reason I can’t see the canyon’s beauty is because I’ve chosen not to “carry it with” me.
I’ve discarded my detector for goodness and grace and beauty, and I’ve slumped into a distracted, ruminating state that doesn’t allow for everyday things to resonate and empower me.
Because, really, when I’m not seeing the present and what’s in front of me, I’m missing out on living my life today, and maybe that’s what I secretly want when I lose myself in my head and drift off into a quirky world that doesn’t exist.
Maybe in those moments all I want is to think about what I’m not getting or what I need to do that I don’t want to do or what you should be doing or shouldn’t be doing or how I’ve wound up with a short stick with no where to go.
It’s a given that I will lapse into those isolated places in my mind, but I definitely don’t have to stay there and miss out on the breathable moments of my life today, because there’s always beauty to find if I “carry it with” me.