Love Notes – {Day 10} Look up

Autumn leaves at Clear Creek

When all else fails, look up. Actually, it’s a lot easier if you’re looking up before all else fails. Things tend to NOT fail when you’re already looking up. But sometimes you forget … and you know what happens then, don’t you?

You turn into something that resembles this …


A prickly, jagged, moss-covered and good-for-nothin’ useless old stump that poses a danger to others. And that’s when you need to look up the most,  though it can be difficult to see up if you feel like things are closing in around you.


Follow your whim. You know when it’s time to widen your view … to get away from it all. Even if that means over the river and through the woods …


Make your getaway to wherever it is that you go to get away. A place that stirs your soul, clears away the clutter and allows you to take in huge calming breaths of sweet, refreshing air.

Where’s your place?

This is the road that leads to mine …


And this is the point where I usually stop, get out and breathe it in.

And then I smile. Because suddenly, it’s a lot easier to look up. And looking down isn’t so bad, either.

Clear Creek

But I’m here for a reason. So I begin by looking ahead … and it’s indescribably beautiful.


I look even higher and see that though the way is rocky and strewn with boulders, the journey offers breathtaking beauty with each twist and turn.

And when my eyes finally look up …


Words escape me. This is where I should have been gazing all along.






After looking up for awhile, the so-called “big things” don’t seem so astounding.

And the little things seem much more important.


I start to notice the tiniest details …

The little love notes all around.


Tread lightly, with conviction. Don’t overlook the vibrant beauty all around.


Discover hidden treasure in unlikely places.


And after careful consideration …


I discover maybe I’m not nuts … just a little a-corny.


After I’ve been looking up and breathing deep for awhile, it’s easy to bundle my troubles and send them on their way.


One after the other.


So long … farewell …


And then I go with the flow … wherever life’s currents take me.

Sometimes there are rocky paths and whitewater rapids to navigate. That’s when we must keep on keeping on … and remember to look up. Because there’s always a place to rest and rejuvenate beside the still waters.

Especially and most definitely when looking up.


And when I’m looking up … it’s easy to see blue skies through the tangled branches.


This post was originally published in 2009. This place, these scenes still move me beyond words. And the message is still so very appropriate. And I wonder …

Where do you find solace? What eases your worry and cleanses your soul?

I’d love to read all about it, and I’m guessing so would others. Leave us a comment and have a blessed day, friends!



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    crafty_cristy October 10, 2013 (8:15 am)

    I needed to read this today. The place that really touches me deeply is a nature reserve with a pitcher plant bog. Pitcher plants are bug eating plants, but they are indescribably beautiful in their native habitat. And there is LOTS of life in that field.

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      Jennifer Kiko October 10, 2013 (8:20 am)

      Cristy, the place sounds amazing! I just looked up pitcher plants and realized I’ve seen them before but didn’t know what they were called. I love them. Thanks for sharing and I hope you get to your nature reserve sometime very soon. Have a great day!

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        crafty_cristy October 10, 2013 (11:27 am)

        Thanks, Jennifer. I may just have to take the kids on a field trip. 🙂

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