I was standing at the kitchen sink washing a pan when I thought I saw something sparkling just above my line of sight. Looking up and out the window, I noticed drops of water falling from the garage roof as the recent snowfall melted in the afternoon sun. Nothing special. Melting snow. As I looked down at the soapy pan in my hand, something told me to glance up again. The sun had just peaked out from the clouds and the dripping water actually sparkled as the drops reflected the bright sunlight. Not just one sparkle, or even ten, but dozens and dozens. I stared in surprise and sheer delight at the waterfall of brilliantly sparkling drops that fell for several minutes until the clouds again blocked out the sun. They were magical moments, and I was so grateful for whatever voice it was that told me to look up from my task and notice what was happening just outside the window.
Since that day, I pause more often when doing simple tasks, pause to look around and focus on the beautiful surprises that I would usually miss. At the train station, rather than focusing feverishly on the screen of my phone or tablet, I observe and appreciate a child talking to her stuffed animal, or a teenager dancing in place to music only he can hear, or a bird chirping on the stairway railing. And I love it all. I love my connection with all of life, and my connection with you.
Wishing you unexpected sparkles, smiles and songs in your heart!
p.s. I hope you will share some of your happy surprises with us in the comment section below. We can all use more reminders to smile.
Photo Credit: Dave Burwell Photography