• Stuart Sheldon

Be Amazed

“Everyone has two lives. The second one begins when you realize you have only one.”     Steven Sotloff. 

She Gets It. I wish everyone looked at my art like this.

If you are not amazed at something right now, you’re either not paying attention or you’re a fool. When you turn on the faucet, if water comes out, be dazzled. If it is drinkable, be awestruck. Much of the world would give anything for such basics. And yet, each day, all day, we walk oblivious to our good fortune. And even have the audacity to complain.

Our time is short.

But our opportunities for gratitude are many. I come back to this theme often … because I need to be reminded. Of course, we all have our crosses to bear. And some are heavier than others. But our level of satisfaction is, to a large degree, our choice.

Capetown, S. Africa. One of my favorite places. On the balcony of some of my favorite people.

I’m in Capetown, South Africa right now, one of the most beautiful places I’ve been, with some of the most beautiful people I know. Thank you universe for allowing me to be healthy enough and free enough to Be Here Now. It is an enormous privilege.

“Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement … to get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. To be spiritual is to be amazed.” Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Take a moment and look at your hand. Turn it over. Move your fingers. Pinch your arm. Pick up something. YOUR HAND WORKS LIKE A CHARM. It is one of the most astonishing machines that exists. It is so extraordinary that you would not be out of line to weep as you studied it.

If we introduce this type of fundamental appreciation for the basics, think of how much we will groove on the so-called “big stuff.”

Take a few extra moments right now and look around you. Acknowledge. Things could be a lot worse.

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