edu180atl maryellen berry 11.1.2011
Whether the source was the candy coma, the lingering effects of a busy weekend, or the temptation of the snooze button, my typical routine changed when I awoke forty-five minutes later than usual. Like a dead car battery receiving a jolt, the time on the clock spurred me into quick action. Fortunately, my husband had agreed to bring my daughter to school, which meant I only needed to take care of myself. What could have been a treat turned into a harried flurry of activity. Instead, I focused on quickly selecting clothes to wear and dressing, grabbing coffee to go, hastily throwing my papers and computer in the bag, and racing to the car.
Frustrated that my morning began so hurriedly, I unlocked the car, threw my head back, and let out a characteristic sigh. Before me, bright stars sprinkled the dark sky. In that moment, my rushing ceased. In that moment, I took a deep breath. And in that moment, my morning irritations came to a halt. I witnessed magnificence in the simplest form and yet the kind that literally takes breath away.
How often do I let the pebble in my shoe detract me from the blessings of the moment? It is painfully simpler to focus on the irritations at any given time than it is to widen the lens to intentionally take account of what is right in front of me. I am surrounded by blessings – simple, and profound.
Maryellen Berry (@fastwalker10) is inspired by faith and family. She is a division head who also loves performing, singing, and discovering joy.