The road runs parallel to the base of the Rocky Mountains and fills me with awe every time I drive the distance. Especially majestic is a stretch of protected open space with snowy peaks jutting over 14,000 feet into the sky.
One day, while passing Walmart on the edge of Loveland, I decided to explore the road behind the store for possible places to take photos.
The back of this particular Walmart has an expansive mountain view. It’s unbelievable that a big box store occupies such prime real estate. Anywhere else there would be a line of fine restaurants with patio seating facing these mountains, but not here.
I’ve learned that in Colorado, mountain views and panoramic settings are for everyone, not for the fortunate few. It’s hard to find a spot that isn’t stunning along the FrontRange.
Because the scenery is so beautiful, my camera is always tucked in my bag. I take photo’s…then stop and watch for awhile, taking time to really see what’s around me and appreciate the moment.
Last week I went to my monthly fibromyalgia support group. The Doctor commented that while there is no cure for fibromyalgia, there are small things that when added together, can make you feel a great deal better.
This is something that I’ve learned to do when I drink tea. When I pay attention to the aroma, look at the leaves and tea liquor and then taste the tea, there is a type of contemplation taking place that counteracts anxiety and stress. Other changes such as a healthier diet, tea with friends and spending time outside in nature (even for a few minutes) are some of the small things that have helped me have less pain.
Life isn’t always easy, I’m aware of how hard it can be.
My writing is a pebble skipping across the water and then it disappears. I have no illusions about what happens. I never know if anyone ever reads what I write but I keep writing anyway.
Today I told a young man to remember one thing for the rest of his life when he’s looking for a job. Balance the lure of the paycheck with the stress involved in the job. If there is too much stress for too long a period of time, he’d end up sick like me or worse.
It’s just not worth it. I’m blessed to have any life left!
I’m thankful! So thankful to God to be alive!