“If you want light to come into your life, you need to stand where it is shining.” – Guy Finley
One of the greatest views in North Carolina can be found on the top of Mt. Mitchell. It is the highest point in the United States east of the Mississippi River. My wife and I visited here last month while the kids were away at camp. It isn’t too difficult to get here. The park is located right on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Western North Carolina. The walk up to the top is short, but the air is super thin. It took us a few moments to get used to it because we made it to the summit. On a clear day you can see just about everything from the top of the mountain. It seems like the view goes on for days.
I really liked the quote at the top of this post. We always want the best for ourselves, but we don’t always do the best for ourselves. We often will hold ourselves back because we do not give ourselves the opportunity to be successful. I know as an elementary school teacher it is easy to get distracted by the daily grind and all of the work I have to complete. However, during the pandemic I realized that if I do not take care of myself, I cannot take care of my family and the students I have been entrusted with. I have made sure that I try to do the following things in order to let the light in my life in order for me to shine it for others.
There is a lot of power in getting a full night’s sleep. I used to stay up late working, get up early the next day, and then wonder why I was so tired by the middle of the school day. I plan to be in bed by a certain time every night.
It is important to be a part community. We cannot go through life alone. For me, I find community at my local church. My family and I attend church everything, and we volunteer every other week.
Always take time to enjoy your hobbies when possible. Before the pandemic I might have gone out to take photos once every few months, now I go out about once a week. This allows me to express myself and to take time to do something that I enjoy.
In the comments, let me know how you let the light into your life or let me know what you think of these photos of Mount Mitchell.