Sunday, March 17, 2013

Why We Need to Stop to Admire the View.

( Please note this was previously published on my blog, when it was just a month old in April 2012 and Jonny's health details relate to that time- the message however, I think is timeless!)
As we approach Passover, I have been thinking about the story of the Exodus from Egypt, which we are going to retell next week at our Passover table. These slaves from Egypt were to spend 40 years journeying in the desert. Their goal was to reach Israel. But for many of them, the trip through the desert would take their whole lives and I wondered if  any of them ever stopped  for a minute to admire the view.

They had certainly been through an incredibly traumatic experience. They  complained about their circumstances in the desert and their lack of food and drink. Their lack of faith often rose to the surface.

Did they ever rave over the sunrise or admire the desert landscape? 

Did they point in wonder at the stars or marvel at their children’s resilience? 

Were they so focused on what they had left behind or getting to the end point, that they forgot to stop  and take in what was in front of, or above them?

When our family  goes on a  long car trip, my boys are always so buried in their electronics, that I spend much of the journey shouting above their ear phones to try and point out a beautiful scene, an unusual building or real live animals. Despite my best efforts, that they enjoy the ride, often for them, the journey is a means to an end.

Our journeys through life take much longer than a few hours.  On this recovery journey that Jonny is on, it is easy to get bogged down in the mire  of medications, doctors’ visits, work and sleep and forget to stop and enjoy  the small gifts that are happening around us, as we continue our journey: The hugs from  our children, the lone tulip in the garden,(See my previous post-Among the Weeds)the continuing offers of help and visits from our friends or the unexpected, uplifting email from a colleague.

So, I wonder if the Children of Israel ever did stop to admire the view. We will never know for sure. But one thing I have learned from our personal journey is that it may take much longer than we ever planned, to reach our destination, so we might as well take a moment to cherish the positive right now, along the way.

Wishing all of you a very happy Pesach or Easter and Springtime. I hope you have a moment during the shopping, planning and cooking, praying and entertaining, to stop and enjoy the views you stumble upon along the way. Please send a picture or description, of anything that stops you in your tracks to or tell me about it below.

Have a great week.


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  1. There are certain life-changing events that certainly do make you appreciate more, and grab every opportunity that you can. It is not just about admiring the view, but living life to the full when you are able, and appreciating the gift of life itself. Hazel, my sister-in-law, has always had the philosophy that every event that can be celebrated should, indeed, be celebrated. As a family, we have definitely taken that on board, particularly in the last 20 years or so, having been through a divorce, serious illnesses of close family, a ship-wreck and, latterly, more serious illness. We are just thankful to be here and thankful for what we have; I count my blessings daily.
    With love to you all for a wonderful Pesach, and safe and comfortable journeys.

  2. Yes, living life to the full is the goal, but first you have stop rushing through life in order to do so!
    I think you have been an amazing role model for making the best and most of life. You have certainly had your fair share of challenges -and some of them extreme! So glad to be able to celebrate some of them with you and the family.

    Thank you for your message and good wishes.
    Chag sameach

  3. Since leaving "The town" and moving to the country side, I love hearing the birds, we have a black bird who is on the lawn outside our bedroom every morning. For the last 6 years I forgot to stop and look or listen or maybe life just went that way and that is what it had to be. We spent the morning sitting in the sunshine on a bench at Wisley gardens, moments "brain peace". x