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Many moons ago,
a friend asked
those gathered at table
what we thought it would be like
to wake up every morning
to a beautiful view;
to live someplace
and see something magnificent
all day every day.
Would we get used to its
beauty and stop seeing it
as so beautiful?
It was a compelling thought
and for all of us entertaining that question
there was a tinge of sadness—
that we would never get to answer that question
from our own experience.

I’ve visited some magnificent places;
Kauai, Hawaii’s Na Pali Coast,
comes immediately to mind.
I don’t see how any of us
could not be astounded by its beauty
even if seen every day;
in fact, seems it would take a lifetime
to take in such dynamic magnificence.
But then I think of
where I am:
the soft beauty,
and the harsh beauty sometimes,
of the plains
where we live—
with a view of the sky
that is always
full and magnificent.
Yet we can get so focused
on indoor,
or outdoor,
activities
that we miss the sky’s silent beauty.
Like the waves crashing on ancient stones
all day long on the Na Pali,
the sky’s elusive beauty
changes every moment,
only without a sound.
It’s been this way forever
and we know it will continue
to change every moment
of every day.
We have to decide
to go look
at the beauty
of this moment.