Look Around

Not Orlando
Not Orlando

If you look around and pause long enough to contemplate the natural beauty surrounding you, and you might be amazed at the wonderful, and diverse, thoughts of where it all comes from.

But the often overlooked key is the looking around part. And, um, the pausing part too.

Good luck with that today.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. The went snow skiing for the first time back in February of 1997. It was a retreat weekend for my barbershop quartet. We went to Park City, Utah.

    When we got to the top of the mountain on the first day, I had to stop and look around. The sight was breathtaking! Crystal clear blue sky. Hot air balloons floating off in the distance. Snow capped peaks in every direction. I almost cried at the beauty of it all.

    My friends wanted to get moving and start skiing. I was content just to look around.

    I now realize I haven’t paused enough just to look around at my current elevation of 1000 feet above sea level. There is just as much to see (if not more) than the 10,000 feet up in Park City.

    Thanks for the reminder!

  2. David, many people believe that God places wonderful, glorious moments (like he one you describe at the mountaintop) in front of us all the time. It seems that only through wisdom, can we learn to slow down long enough to catch more of these “God moments”.

    These moments are provided to us (constantly) to remind us of Him. Call them Love letters. But like the proverbial overflowing in-box, we delay getting to them, or we rush to get through them.

    I could go on and on , but I have to hurry to a meeting right now….

    Just kidding. 🙂

  3. Jeff,

    I just got back from a trip out to Nevada with work, and I was able to take my wife with me. One thing I made sure we got to do for the first time was to get over to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. It amazed me how the drive over was rather desolate…unless you knew what you were going toward to see, you wouldn’t necessarily choose to be out there. The map said, “Portions of the road may be unpaved.” That was the last 16 miles to the Grand Canyon – all dirt and rock.

    Was it worth it? It was incredible! How awesome is God to have created something so incredible! But oftentimes we fail to reach the “awesomeness” of God because we get so caught up in only seeing the rocky roads we travel to get there.


  4. Bob, what a wonderful reminder. We curse the rocky roads, because we are blind.

    Funny thing, I flew over the grand canyon three days ago. Coincidence or God-incidence?

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