It’s now more than 40 days of quarantine for many. I’ve been trying to follow the words from a song on one of my yoga playlists: So Much Magnificence. And herein, I’m expounding on that refrain. I am offering this advice to you.
Open your eyes to appreciate the beauty and bountifulness of this planet. Do not focus on limitations, challenges, or roadblocks. Gaze beyond your immediate backdrop, and see the treasures outside waiting for you. The world is endless. The possibilities, labyrinthine. Joy, unending.
But only if you open your eyes, and appreciate God’s gifts.
The heavenliness of a blue sky. Cornfields. Wheatfields. Giant oak trees. Olive branches. Mango groves.
You are just one minute particle in this immense world. Yet, you can make a remarkable difference. If only you open your eyes to the beauty and grace of those things that man can not make.
Turn the kaleidoscope of millions of magnificent colors and shapes that share this space with we humble humans. Open your eyes as wide as an elf owl to appreciate your neighbors. Diminutive ladybugs. Undescribably-colored chameleons. Heroic bumblebees and stronger than Atlas leaf-cutter ants.
See the vast power in the ocean. Or even the narrow snaking stream. Even if it’s murky.
Honor the power of the sun and the moon, as many of our ancestors did. Respect the rain and the earth. They are gifts from the Creator. Do not disregard them and trash them.
I am offering this advice to you. Open your eyes. Soak up the beauty in 360 panoramic vision. But think, and thank, with your heart. Every breath you take. Every step you take. Respect God’s gifts. Indeed, we all must live in harmony.
Read my Covid Prayer for the Planet for more inspiration.