Recently, Chris, Skyla, and I were taking our usual stroll around the pond. It was twilight, and the air was just starting to cool off as the sun set.
Chris and I were holding hands and talking about our days and our plans for the weekend. Skyla was sniffing the ground intently (that’s where all the good smells are!).
Skyla eventually lifted her head and began trotting down the path. Suddenly, her head darted straight up. She was clearly startled by something.
Then she walked forward with her head raised and her eyes focused on something in the distance. We had seen this focused look before when she’s stalking a squirrel, but never when she was looking up.
It was totally out of character for our puppy, and we were a little worried.
“What’s she looking at?” Chris asked.
There were no tall buildings, no trees, no airplanes, no flying birds, nothing! We followed the path of her gaze and searched the sky. Then we saw it—
“The moon!” I gasped. “She’s looking at the moon!”
It was obvious now. Skyla’s eyes were transfixed on the glowing full moon…and I wondered if this was the first time she had seen it.
We stopped talking and walked together, all 3 of us looking at the moon. It was one of the most beautiful moments we had spent together as a family. I think Skyla thought we’d actually reach that white ball if we kept moving towards it.
Finally, the moon disappeared behind the trees, and Skyla lowered her head as if she was released from a trance. We all snapped back to reality and went inside to resume our normal nighttime routines.
Skyla’s encounter with the moon got me thinking about how each of us could use a change of perspective once in a while. If we keep looking at things from the same angle, we might miss the beauty that’s all around us.
Maybe you could drive a different route to work, strike up a conversation with someone new, or read a book in a genre you normally would have passed over. Look at the world with fresh eyes and be open to what’s out there.
Is it time for you to change your perspective?
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