It was my first day on a new job. I was really excited. Mostly I was happy to be leaving behind the pains of my last position. Previously, I had ventured down a path against the advice of many, leaving behind a company I was fanatic about, and to my disappointment, with a very negative ending. The hurt of betrayal and the loss of family over what seemed to be nothing more than greed and fear, left me ready to take on something new; and today was my day.
Two of my children experts were staying with Grandma for spring break, so I only had to contend with the hustle and bustle of one small person . I got up early enough, and while I went through the usual routine of scurrying him along, we had left in plenty of time to get to daycare and then for me to get to my new adventure on time.
I was lost in my own thoughts along the way…Of what was to be, and mostly what had been. Again, I was happy to be driving away from the past. And the career awaiting me seemed to hold an array of new possibilities. I was daydreaming.
I was snapped back to reality when a tiny voice behind me said, “Look mommy, the sky is beautiful.”
Now, the sun had been up for what seemed like ages to me. My initial thought and response was “oh, yes sweetie. Very nice.”
Then I looked again, just by chance really. Or maybe because I found his choice of words odd and out of character for him. This time I looked further into the distance.
Far on the horizon, just where the sky met the land, there was still a small window of opportunity for anyone who had the foresight to still catch a glimpse of the morning sunrise in all its glory. It was more than beautiful, it was breathtaking; orange and yellow, pink and reds. Magical.
This morning, my son showed me running from pain is never as wonderful as looking ahead and running to gain. With blinders on, I couldn’t see past the end of my nose, and had he not been there to point it out I may have never looked into the distance. I would have been stuck only seeing an ordinary blue sky and missed the extraordinary morning sunrise. Even more so, as I watched it fade and blend into a pale blue I realized that those opportunities can so quickly pass me by; so I ought to pay attention right now to all I have to gain while the opportunity is there in front of me. Here is to looking forward into the sunrise, where all the new possibilities and opportunities exist..and there is everything to gain.
Thanks Pepperoni, you are so smart.