Stretch Your Eyes~~~Susie Austin

September 29

Can you stand atop of a mountain

and stretch your eyes as far as you can…

Can you feel the presence and closeness of God,

and consider yourself a lucky man….Susie Austin 

I will never forget the powerful image that inspired these words. I was living in Arizona and went on my first hike.   We were taking my brother to visit a secluded favorite spot of my fiancée. We were from Wisconsin, and our hikes would have consisted of walking down the railroad tracks through the beautiful woods and relaxing along the shore of a lazy creek. Armed with a cooler of screwdrivers and a boom box, we set out; little did we know we would be scaling a mountain that day! After the shock and searing pain stopped and my body began to recover, I had the privilege to witness a breathtaking site. “Can you stand atop of a mountain and stretch your eyes as far as you can…Can you feel the presence and closeness of God, and consider yourself a lucky man…” 

At this point I can use many analogies such as the calm before the storm, sunshine after the rain, you get the point. The reality is we need to look for the sunshine through the rain as the rain can also be beautiful. Nothing lasts forever. If there is sadness or pain in your life, take comfort, there is sunshine through the rain. Recognize this for it will give you the hope you need to be a little happier today!  If your life is right where you want it to be, share your happiness with those around you. It will give hope to those who are struggling.

 Life lessons are learned by living them, not by standing on the sidelines watching.  Get in the game!  May I suggest on this beautiful autumn day, that you get out and stretch your eyes and enjoy. Don’t forget to tell those you care about you love them. Celebrate the fact you are able to see the beauty that has been given us to enjoy!  

Susie 

 

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~ by coachsusie on September 29, 2008.

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