Sunday, August 4, 2013

365 Inspirations—216: A Million Stars

"It is written on the arched sky; it looks out from every star. It is the poetry of Nature; it is that which uplifts the spirit within us."—John Ruskin 

 The best part of being out in the countryside is seeing a million stars. In the city, I'm lucky if I can see a handful. When I look up at the sky and see its vastness and all these tiny points of light, I feel limitless.

Seeing stars reminds me of how small I really am, but I don't feel that smallness has anything to do with my possibilities. In fact, it reminds me to open up more. Instead of feeling small, I feel expansive and all those spectacles of light become part of me.

I want to live like this. I don't want to live in a box with limits. I don't want to say, "I can't do that." Life is meant to be lived. It's meant to be awe-inspiring. We've all seen the stars so many times, but we still say, "Wow!" when we look up at them.

I don't want life to become mundane or commonplace. I don't want to get stuck in ruts or habits or old ways. I want to always find something to say "Wow!" about. I hope I can be amazed by something each day.

I have felt so much gratitude recently. I've been out on a beautiful lake with family for the past three days. It's just my dad and me now. Everyone's left to take care of obligations. I have them too, but felt I could afford another day here.

The silence is creeping in now. It's getting late. I think I'll go sit out under the stars before I sleep.

Have you spent any time looking up at the stars recently?

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