Are You Tired Of Your Life? This Could Be Why!
After our wedding, we decided to plan a “trip of a lifetime” to a place we had never seen before: Santorini, Greece. When we arrived, we were both awestruck at the beauty that surrounded us. Day after day, we marveled at the sparkling blue water, the archaic cliffs, the endless ocean and the sun that was unblocked by trees or roads, but instead stood alone as the main spectacle. The sun seemed so much more dramatic and special in Greece. Back at home in Minnesota, I spent most of my mornings trying to block the sun out from my eyes on my commute to the office. I saw it every day, yet rarely marveled at it.
Each morning in Greece while staring at the sunrise, we thought to ourselves, ‘Wow how lucky are the people who get to LIVE here and see the precious sunrises and sunsets every day?!’ We started fantasizing about ways we could just drop all of our corporate responsibilities and move to the beautiful island of Santorini. One night, we asked the one of the locals who worked at our hotel what it was like to live in the most beautiful place on Earth. He replied shortly, “Eh, it’s okay. My dream is to move to the United States someday.” It then struck me that he probably didn’t look at the sunrises and expansive views in Greece in the same way that I did. And I didn’t look at my life back home in the United States in the same way that he did, either. Amid the normalcy of everyday life, sometimes it’s easy to forget to marvel at our own view.
When you don’t expect something to be beautiful, you miss how beautiful it is and always has been. Look at your loved ones, kids, jobs, house, as if it was the first time you saw them. Do you remember the first time you saw them? You were awestruck.
Take a deep breath and see your world with fresh eyes, once every day. Close your eyes and reopen them. Your life consists of precious and unique sunrises and sunsets. What seems ordinary to you, is extraordinary to the next person. Remember how far you’ve come and how much of a miracle you are. What in your life have you marveled at lately? The secret is this: The place you will find happiness is the place you choose to marvel at most often. When you expect to see beauty in your life, you will begin to see beauty, no matter what sunrise you have.