Heads up, literally

Posted 1/28/11

Let me share something with you if I may. As I walked my dogs through the park the other evening, I found myself captivated by the pristine snow in …

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Heads up, literally


Let me share something with you if I may. As I walked my dogs through the park the other evening, I found myself captivated by the pristine snow in the middle of the park. Untracked and brilliantly illuminated, the snow was radiant at 9:00 at night.

There is not much lighting in the park where I typically walk the dogs, so the shine coming from the ground really caught my attention. I kept my head down as I walked through the park enjoying the luminescent view until I realized I was missing something even more spectacular, the source of the light.

When I lifted my eyes toward the skies I was greeted with the awe of what appeared to be a never ending sea of stars. The half moon sat quietly in the cloudless sky, almost allowing the stars to take center stage in the grandeur of the evening.

It was an awesome walk.

How often do we all walk with our heads down, looking at our feet or at the ground immediately in front of each step? How much are we missing? And what are people missing in us?

It is so easy to get caught up in our own world and in our own needs that we forget there is a whole universe out there full of wonder, opportunity, and amazement. The stars are the people with dazzling smiles and senses of humor that would make my walk in the park seem small by comparison.

You know what I am talking about don’t you? How many times have you heard someone say, “Did you see that?” referring to some really cool event or happening that you just missed because you were looking at your feet, sending a text message, reading an email, or just distracted by circumstance. When it happens on television, especially during a football game, we have the luxury of not only instant replay but instant replay from many angles and speeds.

Well life isn’t like that, we don’t have instant replay and we don’t get multiple angles. When we walk with our heads down we run the risk of missing just about everything. We miss the stars in the eyes of a child who came home with a picture drawn in school, the stars in our lives who support us each day, the stars at work who make the office fun, the sales star who just closed a big deal, and the so many other stars that in their own way bring light to each moment in our life.

When someone tries to get our attention or give us a warning of something headed our way, we hear them shout “Heads Up” or “Comin at Ya.” Well this is my “Heads Up” to you and I am shouting it right now in your direction, letting you know that life is “Comin at Ya” so raise your chin off of your chest and lift your eyes toward the skies. Don’t risk missing the next star or stars who will brighten your path.

Give me a “Heads Up” about what is happening in your world at gotonorton@gmail.com and let’s make it a better than good week.

Michael Norton, a resident of Highlands Ranch, is the former president of the Zig Ziglar organization and CEO and founder of www.candogo.com.


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