Yesterday while at the gym, I found myself watching an episode of Star Trek on the TV (I know, I am so exceedingly cool…)
In this episode, the crew discovers a planet with strange regenerative properties. The chief engineer who is blind (the one who wears the strange visor) has his sight mysteriously restored so that he can see for the first time ever with his own eyes – and what does he do? He takes the chance to watch his first ever sunset. He knows his new found vision may not last, and he knows it might be the first and last time he sees as sunset, but he wants it none the less.
Take a Moment Today
In this life, we all get caught up in the day to day hustle and bustle that we miss out on appreciating the things we take for granted – like a simple sunset.
There are so many things that we take for granted – they are so basic, but so powerful. The use of your arms, legs, eyes, mouth, or other basic bodily functions. Our vision, smell, taste, touch and ability to feel. Our memory, our voice, or ability to read and understand a book that is hundreds of years old. The chance to hear a symphony or visit an art gallery. The chance to talk to family, friends, loved ones and neighbours.
So take some time today, and take this opportunity to appreciate one of those things that you have since taken for granted. Go for a walk outside and appreciate your ability to take in the sights and sounds of a late summer evening. Sit down and read a book and appreciate the complexity that is your brain turning the sight of markings on a page into discreet and meaningful words and mental images.
Life is short; beauty is fleeting, so take a moment to enjoy it – before the sun sets.