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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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
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
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