flowers at our feet

I was prompted by a quote I ran across to look up its author and find out who he was. His name is Albert Schweitzer. The son of a Lutheran pastor, he became, with dedicated hard work, passion and persistence, a musician, theologian, author, doctor, philosopher, medical missionary and humanitarian possessing a deep reverence for life. Schweitzer accomplished an unbelievable amount in his lifetime and was not only a man with an incredible mind, but used that intellect to care for the world.

Here is the quote that caught my eye:

“In the hope of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.”

How true this is! In striving for what could be, we can forget to enjoy what is. Being able to do both at the same time is a difficult balancing act, but it isn’t impossible.

How often as a child did I wish to be a grown up!  And as an adult, isn’t it tempting to look back and think how good we had it? It’s easy to fritter our lives away wishing we were someone else, or someplace else or with someone else. But there are flowers at our feet waiting to be noticed.

Cancer forced me to face up to that way of thinking. I realized I may never reach the moon, so I’d better start looking around and finding flowers to be thankful for; to smell and enjoy!

I’ve got a vast field of flowers blooming at my feet! I have a husband who cherishes me and whom I adore, children I’d longed for and who are my delight, faithful friends living in authentic community together, including the church where I love to belong. I have returning vigor and joy and delight in being able to feel the shocking cold air of winter on my face while smiling with satisfaction, knowing that spring will return, and with it the fragrant flowers which will blossom once again, at my feet.

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4 Responses to “flowers at our feet”

  1. Ellen Carstensen Says:

    It’s funny, I also have a quote by Albert Schweitzer that I love pinned to my fridge.

    It says: “One thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who wll have sought and found how to serve.”

    Very thoughtful and full of insight Kris. 🙂

  2. Bonnelle Pagel Says:

    OH… I have missed so much! Hopefully from here on out… I will take the time to notice the little flowers at my feet.

    Thank you!

  3. Kathleen Schaffer Says:

    Love this Kris – it really speaks to me as I wrestle with this often – beautifully written and a great reminder to delight in all the flowers at my feet!

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