Unexpected Gifts

This weekend Rich and I explored Chicago, taking long walks through different neighborhoods,  enjoying the sunshine and the last few days of heat before the cooler winds blew in on Labor Day.

Turning onto a side street off North Dearborn,  a man’s face startled me.  He was chiseled into a wall made of rough slabs of concrete, roof tiles, and uneven hunks of brick.   The wall wasn’t level, but dipped and curved like the walls in Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.  I lingered for a while, enjoying man’s strong, chiseled features and the sweet surprise of discovery.

As much as I wish these moments, these gifts of happiness could happen every day, I’ve learned that they come only when I am fully living in the present.  Isn’t that true for all of us?   Unfortunately, we sometimes live in a limbo of stress and worry, our minds focused on anything but the here and now.  But, if we can, by force of will, push our worries aside, life can surprise and delight us with unexpected gifts.

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