This past week, I haven't done well in fulfilling my pledge to pause each day to let nature's splendor fill me with inspiration. I let the panic of life set in, running from one task to the next, letting other concerns take precedence over this simple exercise in humility and recharge. Thankfully, I received a friendly reminder when my friend Steve Bender (Southern Living's Grumpy Gardener) posted my Thanksgiving essay to his Facebook page.
Tonight at sunset, I drove out to the same location that had inspired that post to catch the final bit of orange as it slipped past the horizon.
Without Steve's reminder, I may not have chosen to look outside when my wife asked about tonight's sunset. As much as we repeat our personal mantra, sometimes it takes good friends to help remind us just who we want to be.