2.09.2012

Looking Up

Salutations!
(like that?? haha!)

Everytime I walk, hike, or run I find that I am looking at the ground. Mostly so I don't trip on anything. Well the other day as I was standing on the beautiful red rock, looking down over the view, I took a second to look up. I was suddenly overwhelmed and dizzy. But I had to do it again... So I raised my head and opened my eyes. I felt like I had to steady myself so I wouldn't fall over, or worse, off the cliff. All I could see was sky. And I felt like I was flying.

Have you ever done that? Lifted your head so all you could see was the sky? I felt like a little kid again. Where you do something so much you feel like you might throw up. haha!

Thanks to my cousin, I was able to get a picture of that moment. The sun warming my face, the vast expanse of the sky, the wispy clouds slowly moving with the breeze.

And then yesterday I read THIS post from Katie. I thought to myself- I know exactly what she's talking about! Her words are beautiful, but here's my version... I know this might not make sense to everyone, but this is what I got from that moment when I stood on those rocks and let the sky fill my view.

I spend a lot of my life looking down. Looking at the current path I am on, making sure I won't trip, and that the path is safe. But what could I be missing by keeping my eyes on the ground? Answer- So much! Lately as I've taken this big leap of faith to move to a new place, start a new adventure, I've been reminded to look up. I remember that I'm not in charge and that sometimes it's ok to not know what your next step is going to be, to let it all fall into God's hands. It will probably be the best decision you'll make in a while.

"But when you look up... There isn't just one path any more; only infinite sky and your soul with wings. So look up more. Up is Hope. Up is Light. Up is Happiness." -Katie, Running on Happiness

31 comments

Jessie said...

Looove love this post. I'm the same way with looking at the ground all the time. Definitely going to have to make a point to look up more! <3

xo,
jessie

Sarah said...

<3 This post is incredible. Keep it up! :)

Alyx said...

Love the new greeting. ;)

And her post was so beautiful.

So is yours.

Cassie @ Live.Laugh.L0ve. said...

I love that picture! This post hit right at home. I find myself looking down too often, thank you for the inspiration this morning!

jules (the life of a cupcake!) said...

wow, i LOVE this post. so simple, yet so incredibly meaningful! it's so true...i think a lot of us spend a lot of time looking down but i love spending the time looking up and taking it all in! there's so much beauty out there

xo

Kodi said...

Love this post!!

It's so true and something I think we all need to be doing a little more often:)

GingerPeachT said...

Wow, that was so simple and yet a mind blowing look at life!! Thanks for sharing girly!
Love that pic, and I deff have felt that woah, dizzy feeling looking up. It just shows how small we are in the great span of life and how big God truly is!! :-)
I did a photoshoot of getting back in my wedding dress and trashing it lol and she (photographer) had me stand on the top of a parking garage, on this little ledge and look up haha it was scary but made an awesome photo

Nicole said...

Love this! Bookmarking it so I can read it over and over and over :)

meli said...

what a beautiful metaphor! i love this post :)

Shaunelle said...

Beautifully said! (and beautiful picture too :)

Elisabeth said...

beautifully put gentri

brittany said...

inspiring!

MEl :) said...

so very true

Melu103 said...

this post makes me want to leave
work .. and go out there and
breath the fresh air and lay in
the grass and just relax :)


i love that picture!




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Harley said...

so true! love your interpretation.

Emma Frances said...

Yay for the salutations!! :] Teehee! And this post was absolutely beautiful! I think we all need to take the time to look up more often! And you are gorgeous! I love that picture of you! Also, didn't President Monson say something like this to one of the apostles or the seventy? I feel like this is something I heard in the last General Conference or something. Haha.

Emma Frances said...

I found it!! http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/10/it-is-better-to-look-up?lang=eng&query=look+up

This guy spoke at our stake conference last year and then he gave pretty much the same talk during General Conference. From what I remember it's a pretty good one!! :]

Amber said...

I really dont look up but thanks to you I will.

Stesha said...

i love this post!! and I was just at Katies page..... you both are so awesome!

stephanie said...

great photo and super great post. i'm going to start looking up more often too ; )

Meagan Murtagh said...

that is one of my favorite feelings!

xo the egg out west.

JRuud said...

I try everyday to be honest. I love feeling that sensation of being a little kid again. I love looking at the clouds and still making shapes ;)

Alexis Kaye said...

You're learning so much Gentri! And of course it reminds me of the talk about President Monson telling Elder cook "it's better to look up!" It's a good talk! Maybe go back and read it! I just did this week and I love that one :) I think it's from october conference

Christi Lynn said...

wow this was a really good post. thanks so much for the inspiring words.

Katelyn Rattray said...

That is seriously the greatest, weirdest feeling. Unreal. This photo is beautiful too, it's great.

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- Katelyn

his_girl_friday said...

"When I look down, I miss all the good stuff, but when I look up, I just trip over things." -- Ani DiFranco.

Ashley {hudson's happenings} said...

What an inspiration you are, Gentri. :) Love this & YOU!

Ashley said...

I love this blog post! I've definitely been trying to remember to look up more and more lately. It's amazing how much more beautiful life is when you look up.

Oh... and it's really hard to see birds if you're looking down. You have to look up into the trees to spot some of the most elusive ones. There are so many things we miss in life if we never look up. (:

Loved this post!

Samantha said...

love this! thanks for the reminder! it's so easy to look down. i remember a story about pres monson and he saw the guy in the elevator looking at the floor and he asked him what was down there, and then told him to look up. that is a very brief nutshell version, so you should just read the real story, but thanks for sharing :)

Juliette said...

LOVE!! And that picture...So Inspring

The Adventurer said...

This is EXACTLY what I needed to hear!! Thank you for sharing, friend!

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