Onward and Outward

We may not all be in the same place. We may not all believe the same thing. But every now and then we all need to be reminded to look up.

This was demonstrated to me as I watched the Super Bowl last Sunday. As the cameras panned the audience, some people were on their phones. I wonder if I would have been numbered among those folks if I had shelled out a few grand to see the game live. Watching at home we have the ability to rewind to what we miss, but in real time, we need to stay focused or we’ll miss a lot.

How has living in a rewindable world changed the way we live? We never have to miss a play. We can rewind, fast forward, go frame by frame. We can record things for later or watch on the internet. And what does it matter? If we miss something, we can rewind it. Personally, I love that! But when I’m not in front of my TV, do I still act as if I am sitting on my couch with the ability to rewind to a given moment?

Do I look up and see what is right in front of my nose? Do I make eye contact with people? Do I offer a compliment or an encouragement? Looking down is a big problem today. People are always on their phones – taking pictures when maybe they should be in the moment, posting on social media, entering into debates with people they don’t know or care about, which can be callous at best and destructive at worst and, in my humble opinion, isn’t going to change a single person’s mind.

This has been quite the week for that. Between the Super Bowl halftime show and the State of the Union address, there is ample fodder for an opinion. I’m typically distressed by all of that. It doesn’t matter if the opinions are ones I agree with or not, I just can hardly stand the debates. Yes, I get sucked in sometimes. Today, though, I decided to just get off of social media and look up. Quite honestly, it was hard for me. I have come to the realization that I need to do this more. It’s sucking the life out of me and maybe you, too.

Here are some great reasons to look upward and outward:

Be it daytime or nighttime, the sky is beautiful. It puts things in perspective.

Maine Sunset

So many birds fly right over our heads. Each one is unique and made by a Master Creator.

Things happen fast out there!

Teach them young to look up!

And it’s not just birds. These fighter jets flew right over my head in my backyard. It was thrilling. (Of course, I captured this on my cell phone camera, but that’s why I was out there anyway.)


If you’re looking down, you might walk into a tree, or off a curb, or into a car. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

The best reason to look up, especially for people of a “certain age,” is that it makes your neck look so much better.

Enjoy your week. Look up and notice what and who is around you. Encourage somebody. Don’t walk off a curb.

Psalm 121:1-2

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

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  1. Vanessa Marks

     /  February 6, 2020

    I will have to use this as an exhortation in church. LOOK UP!!!

  2. Dena

     /  February 6, 2020

    And the next verses basically say that you won’t trip along your path either. Which is good if you’re looking up and miss the roots 😉

  3. According to my son, I am one of the two folks that enjoyed NOT watching the Super (sic) Bowl.

  4. Thanks for the thoughtful reminder Bonnie. Gazing at a screen displaying a testosterone fueled Superbowl contest cannot provide the soul tranquility of gazing upward from where the only help of lasting significance comes.
    Keep Looking Up


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