Thursday, February 23, 2012

The long view

Sometimes we get so caught up in details we forget the long view. Only occasionally do we get a glimpse of the future but we can always step back and take a look at what we know and what we do in the context of the overall picture of our lives. I treasure the times I have begun to understand the longer view of life and how the puzzle of daily life fits perfectly into the pattern. That is probably why I keep coming back to the Grand Canyon. It is a perfect place to be reminded of the longer view of life. 

1 comment:

  1. The Grand Canyon is truly a perfect place for taking the long view. Another one of my favorites is the Sky Island at Canyonlands National Park in Southern Utah. Grand View overlook allows you to see the river channels carved in the earth by the converging Green River and Colorado River. The Earth seems to be curving away from you, and you feel like you're at the edge of the world.

    Park Avenue Overlook at Arches National Park is also a "long view," but this time in one direction, down a long "avenue" of two fins of sandstone, eroded into majestic shapes. At the far end of the Avenue, you see a vista of distant mountains. If you're lucky, you get there when no one else is present, and you get to hear the incomparable Canyon Silence.