Today I woke up at 5:00 a.m. I have valued the 5 AM Club and have been a hit-or-miss member of the club for about two years now. This year I have certainly woke up at 5:00 a.m. more than any previous year.
This year has been the year of self-discovery. I have taken the much needed time to focus on what is important to me like family, friends, writing, and creating content that helps people.
I must admit that I have never been good at slowing down and celebrating the beauty around me. I have missed out on celebrating the generosity and compassionate heart of my mother. I have missed out on celebrating the inspiration that is my father. I have missed out on celebrating the practical wisdom that overflows from my brother. I have missed out on celebrating the stable love of my sister. I have missed out on celebrating the faithfulness and loving devotion that is my girlfriend. I have missed out on celebrating the sensation that is my fingers bouncing off the keys as I share my soul in writing. I have missed out on celebrating the feedback of those encouraged by my content. I have missed out on so much beauty.
There is one beauty that I will fight to not miss out on again: I will not miss this opportunity to admire the beauty around me today.
Every day we are presented with the opportunity to celebrate and admire the beauty around us. I may have missed out on yesterday’s beauty but I don’t have to miss out on today’s.
I can stop and celebrate the sun as it rises over the Sandia crest on this beautiful morning. I can stop and celebrate the sounds of birds singing their lovely songs. I can stop and celebrate the uncontainable smiles of my dogs, Calvin and Gabby, as they chase each other in the backyard. I can stop and celebrate the flavorful cup of coffee that I am enjoying as I write these words.
Do you see the theme here?
We have to stop being a people of can’t and we have to start being a people of can.
“I can’t see the sunrise because …” becomes “I go to sleep earlier so I CAN celebrate and admire the sunrise tomorrow morning!”
We have the power to do way more than we credit ourselves. We are capable of doing and being the best version of ourselves.
The best version of me is one who celebrates beauty, honors creativity, admires generosity, and explorers possibility.
The best version of me wakes up excited for the adventures ahead while the worst version of me sits in bed anxious about the failed journeys of yesterday.
The best version of me values people and loves the gifts that each person has to offer while the worst version of me basks in insecurity and hides in fear.
We all have a choice.
It’s okay if you slept in yesterday and missed the sunset. It’s okay if you missed an opportunity to serve someone yesterday. It’s okay if you made a major mistake yesterday.
All that matters is today. Get back up on your feet and be the best version of you possible. Today is the day that you can step into your potential.
The greatest gift of pursuing beauty and celebrating possibility is every step you take forward you discover a whole new world ahead of you. For each peak you hit, you find another with a better view. For each morning you celebrate the sunrise, you find new colors to cherish.
One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from Robin Sharma and it goes like this: “Change is ugly in the beginning, messy in the middle, and beautiful at the end.” You will feel pretty ugly waking up earlier or breaking a bad habit but don’t give up; beauty is there to meet you if you will just take the step.
Today I will celebrate the beauty around me; I hope you will too.
I value you.