Simple Pleasures Part VI: Look Up

Colorado has some of the bluest skies I have ever seen and it brought back memories of growing up with those blue skies.  It also had white putty clouds that as a child I would look at during the day.  On our recent trip to Colorado, Nadine asked me to look at the clouds and tell me what I saw.

I the first cloud on the left reminded me of a puffy heart which you might make out with some imagination.  The second picture on the left is a little harder to imagine, but the bottom cloud links like a funny elephant with a trunk and two droopy eyes.  I took this picture about four minutes after looking at it and the animal changed.  Before it looked like a wolf, but by the time I took a picture of the clouds, it had changed into a droopy elephant–at least that’s what I saw.

If you stare at the pictures enough, your mind can imagine various shapes and animals that can come from the pictures.  The interesting thing is that it does cost you to look at the clouds.  I’m not talking about money.  I’m talking about time.  It takes time to take our eyes off the busyness of our lives and look to the skies.  We have to consciously look up and our natural tendency is to look forward at to what we need to do, or regretfully look back on the poor choices we made with others.

Simple pleasures are all around us if we take the time to re-acquaint ourselves with those experiences we did as a child.  On this journey, if we want to cut back the complexities of life, we will need to plug-in to the simple pleasures that were once ours when we were young.  It’s a choice that you can choose today.  So look up.

About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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