Being Hands Free means I have stopped rushing through life. As a result of shifting my focus off of distraction and onto what really matters, I have begun to notice beautiful sights in nature. With childlike eyes, I spot cleverly placed bird nests while running. Every single haphazard collection of sticks and twigs is a miraculous discovery to my eyes, a providential sign that the Hands Free path is the one I should continue on.
Being Hands Free has opened my eyes to the beauty around me in ways I didn’t think would be possible.
That is precisely what happened one morning on the way to my four-year-old daughter’s preschool, but in this case, there was an unexpected, truly remarkable bonus.
Here is my story…
As my daughter and I were about to pull out of the neighborhood, I looked at the sky. What I saw was a million little clouds, each one separated by the captivating blue outline of a magnificent backdrop.
I’m sure at some point in my thirty-nine years of life the sky had looked like this before, but I had always been too distracted or too hurried to notice. But things are different now. Thank God, things are different now.
Even though I knew the preschool carpool line would close in five minutes, I wanted to take this opportunity to show my four year old daughter how beautiful a sky of teeny tiny clouds could be.
I pulled the car to the side of the road and then reached back and opened the cover to the sunroof.
My daughter looked around in confusion as to why we were stopping.
I simply said, “Look up.”
She looked up and instantly let out a little gasp.
“I love it! I love it!” she exclaimed, as if I had just presented her with the ladybug Pillow Pet that she has been eyeing for months.
“What does it look like to you?” I asked wondering how a four-year-old would interpret such an extraordinary sky.
“It looks like water. Water coming from the sun,” she said thoughtfully.
Then on second thought, my little candy lover decided it looked more like “yummy cotton candy,” which she recalled having tasted during letter “C” week at school.
We exchanged a few more ideas, and then I decided this sight was picture worthy for my Hands Free Mama website.
As I placed my camera at just the right angle, I found myself letting out a little gasp, just as my daughter had moments ago.
I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
There at the forefront of this magnificent barrage of clouds was the most perfect little handprint upon the glass through which my daughter and I gazed.
“Well, I’ll be darned! Hands Free Evidence,” I thought to myself. This unique little imprint, found in the rarest of places, served as a stamp that read, “Hands Free has been here.”
And just like the bird nests that dot my running path, it was another heavenly sign that I was on the right path.
Suddenly a new meaning to being Hands Free was as clear to me as the handprint upon the glass.
Being Hands Free is living life with open eyes. Instead of seeing life through the tunnel vision that is distraction, the view is expanded to encompass the beauty around you.
When you fixate on the road in a mad rush to get to work, school, or an appointment, you become blind.
When you focus on the screen of your computer or phone and lose touch with your surroundings, you become blind.
When you concentrate solely on completion of every item on your packed calendar or to do list, you become blind.
You become blind to the beauty of your loved ones words, faces, and actions.
You become blind to every once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for human connection.
You become blind to the exquisite and unexpected gifts of Mother Nature.
When your only focus in life is on what’s next or what lies ahead, you become blind to what truly matters along the way.
A year ago, I had become blind.
My attention was on the fleeting, the temporary, the meaningless.
But my eyes have been opened. Thank God, they have been opened.
And now I see the permanent, the lasting, the significant.
I now see what is so often missed; I see the providential signs along the way, like a beautiful handprint on glass.
When is the last time you widened your tunnel vision from the destination you were traveling or the schedule you were keeping to truly see? Take a moment to stop what you are doing sometime today and open your eyes so that you may see. You might even find that stopping to look has added bonuses. I invite you to click the “share” button below so that daily distraction can stop robbing others of the beautiful vision that is Hands Free.