Yesterday afternoon, after several gloomy days without sunshine, the sun broke through. What a treat.
I saw the sunshine stream through my windows, I noticed places on the
windowpane where my attempts at cleaning were imperfect—smears here and
there. And I noticed dust on my furniture that hadn't been noticeable
when the sun wasn't shining.
Instead of dropping
everything to re-do the windows and dust my furniture, I decided to
simply enjoy the lovely sunshine streaming into my rooms. I continued
what I was doing, stopping every now and then to look up and simply soak
in the beauty of sunshine.
In the past I would have
been more inclined to focus on what I hadn't done well and I would have
missed the beauty. I think this is one of the bonuses of growing
older—letting go of some things that seemed so important to me years ago
and focusing on the beauty that's right there in from of me. Now I can
be more present in the moment.
I can't do anything
about all I've missed through the years by focusing so tightly on what I
needed to get done. But I can surely begin to focus my awareness now on
what's right here right now—the beauty right in front of me.