I really don’t travel much, but would like to more often. When I do get the opportunity to see new places or experience new adventures, I’m reminde
d of how small I am in comparison to the wonderful place called earth. I recently had a quick trip to the tiny community of Wolf Creek, Montana… you’d seriously miss it if you blinked going by on the interstate.
The drive was mostly flat up until about 30 minutes from Wolf Creek, and then it seemed that the mountains rose up all around us. Cliffs, trails, rivers and creeks, tunnels, old railroad tracks, deer, big horn sheep…the beauty of nature and the evidence of the efforts of humans to co-exist in this beautiful place.
As we were driving around from one scenic place to another, I couldn’t help but feel small and somewhat insignificant in my surroundings. I mean, this place existed long before I was here, and will be here long after I’m gone. So what am I here for, little me? I’m a little dot on the side of one of these mountains, and in the context of the entire world, one mountain is a little dot. It makes no difference to the mountain, or the trees, or the river if I’m here or not. I always feel the same way by the ocean. It would swallow me up and I’d just disappear.
So as I’m riding around, gazing at the wonder all around me, feeling small, I suddenly realized how special my existence is. I’m here and have this wonderful playground to experience life with all my senses. I got to see vivid colors in the trees and sky, smell fresh mountain air, feel the coolness of the shade and the warmth of the sun, hear the crackling of branches and leaves as a deer came closer, and taste the apples right off the tree. Simple things? Yes!
Take a look around you right now. Take a moment with your emotions turned off… feel the air around you, see where you are and notice the colors and textures, listen, smell. You might be in an office cubicle, or a coffee shop, or in your bedroom, it doesn’t matter. You are somewhere, and that somewhere is a place you put yourself. Even if it seems mundane, you are where you are at to experience something.
This world, with all it’s beautiful natural places and it’s manmade structures and circumstances, is really nothing but a playground for us, a HUGE playground! I really don’t feel small anymore, I feel special. Many of us get caught up in drama and situations that really don’t matter in the bigger scheme of things. How about just being in awe of where you are at.