Stephanie shared this last week and I have to admit it’s been eating at me since I read it (you should go read it now, it's short, I'll wait). It left me feeling vulnerable, a little melancholy and dare I say, guilty.
Yes it made me feel guilty.
I took the El to work for years, how many musicians did I walk by without a second glance or nod. There are hundreds of street musicians I have passed in my life and aside form the few at our local farmers market we have hardly ever stopped to listen or given money.
Would I have walked by? Would I have noticed?
I would like to pretend that I would.
I probably wouldn't have recognized him or know how expensive and rare the instrument is, but I would like to think would have recognized the difficulty of the piece he was playing. How beautiful the sound was.
I think I may be telling myself that to make myself feel better.
The reality is I probably would have walked along with everyone else...rushed my toddler past as they asked to stop.
How much beauty do I miss as I rush us from here to there and there to here
Beauty that is missed by telling my children to go play, not now, no time.
Rush. Rush. Rush.
Stephanie left this comment when I shared the post:
I also think I need to plan for more time going places/doing things so I can intentionally not always feel so rushed. What if we used our time to just be "in time", what if we planned to do nothing and just wait and see what happens? ;) I think we would be able to catch more good things going on and weed out the things that aren't worth our time in the first place.I think she’s right.
I think, I know, we are doing too much. It’s an almost unstoppable habit to fill our time and space with stuff, things, doing. But how much beauty are we missing by doing that?
I think I want to really focus on that this summer, taking the extra time to just be “in time”. To allow my kids the ability to explore on the way to the car. To show me their world, to see and hear beauty all around us.
To hopefully not walk past the great musician playing the beautiful music but to stop and listen and perhaps dance. To take in the beauty that is the everyday and the beauty that is the once in a lifetime.
The world is beautiful place and it’s time we slowed down and realized it.
Simply seeing the beauty that is all around, that’s my Simple Moment, Bigger Picture this week.
Link up your Simple Moment over at Alita's this week.