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What if I would just look up?

look up One of my favorite effects of blogging is how my thinking is altered and stretched by people  whom I have never met. It is surreal, really, how the words of an unfamiliar person can change the course of one’s life. But inspiration literally comes from everywhere, friends, acquaintances, even strangers.

Take for example, this powerful guest post by Maribel on Ilene Evans’ blog: Look Up. Go ahead, take a minute or two and pop over there to read it. It’s worth your time…I’ll wait…

I first read those words several months ago, and they still resonate in my head. Those words nail an unavoidable truth in my own life.

How much of my life do I miss because I’m looking down?

How many connections with people who could enhance my life?

What if I could see where I was going more clearly? To be confident in that direction? Striding toward it strongly rather than shuffling along unsure?

What if all it took was to look up?

Meet the eyes of the people in front of me.

Connect. Communicate. Engage.

How many of those connections would lead to positive interactions that buoy my heart through the darker times?

How many of those communications would bring a smile to my face?

How many of those engagements would enrich my life with new experiences, new friends, new opportunities?

If I just raised my head and looked up.

What would it feel like to know exactly where I’m going? With my work? With my writing? With my life?

My eyes on the future, a focal point to guide my path.

But even if the path was unclear, recognizing that my resilient nature gives me strength to step out in a new direction, looking forward.

What would that be like?

It is time to find out.

Follow Ilene on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and on her blog: The Fierce Diva Guide to Life

Follow Maribel on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and on her blog: Food for Thought NYC

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  • Ilene January 16, 2014, 8:32 am

    Kim – you have no idea how surprised and complimented I am that you mentioned Maribel’s guest post. It’s funny that you write about this today. Yesterday, I was standing in line at Walmart, busy with looking down at my phone and the woman behind me stuck up a conversation with me. At first, I felt mildly annoyed to be pulled away from my email – but we wound up having an incredible chat – with a hug at the end – all because we were both willing to look up and engage with each other.

    There’s too much at risk of missing….isn’t there?
    Thank you for this today. xo
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  • Stacey January 16, 2014, 9:37 am

    I love the message here. I think it gets so easy to look down and plod around in life that we forget to look up. Thank you for sharing this!
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  • Charlotte April 17, 2014, 10:00 pm

    Oh, I so love this. I have to remind myself of the importance of looking up. And engaging. And feeling present in the moment, with my peers. I suppose we are all guilty to some extent of shuffling along.

    On my way to read now. XOXO and it was such a pleasure to have you over today. Always is, my friend.
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