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Look Up

If you dare

By Colleen WaltersPublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 3 min read
Top Story - February 2024

We don’t look up enough.

We take the world around us for granted sometimes, and we don’t see the beauty in what we are surrounded by. In all the hustle and bustle, evening appointments, heading to or from work, taking the dog out, taking the trash to the curb, outside, smoking a cigarette (😵‍💫) or sitting around a fire.

Comes now the sunrise, symbol of hope and renewal, the light coming to chase away the darkness. Sometimes it’s rather plain, as in no clouds and the sun slowly brightening the sky. Sometimes it’s dramatic, with clouds painted with different brushstrokes in the path of the sunlight, creating a masterpiece. And sometimes it’s foggy, creating a mystery around the bringing of the light. Do you see the sunrise? Do you marvel in the creation of light and dark? Or do you just notice that it’s lighter outside - without seeing the sun, and being in awe. When the sun sets, do you see it? Do you look at the sun slowly dipping below the horizon, in awe as the moon rises and uses the sun’s same light to shine? Or do you look around, and notice that it’s getting darker as a reference to things that you need to do before dark?

Did you see the stars last night? I laugh about it being so dark out on this road that I travel sometimes. But then I look up and my spirit takes flight. In the dark stillness and silence, I can almost hear the angels singing as I soar through space and time, a different dimension. I open my arms wide, and let it flow in, the enormity of the universe floods toward me, through me to continue behind me. There is no real silence, after all. The heavens are roaring with the noise of majesty, a power so great that it can’t be heard. A bursting of creation that is so bright that it can’t be seen. It can be felt though, like a bass speaker it pounds into your chest. And the vibration goes through your body long enough to explode your senses back into a place of peace and overwhelming love and acceptance. Your heart starts beating faster, pounding now, faster and faster. You inhale the universe in a single huge breath and you close your eyes to see a kaleidoscope of colors and lights, flying around you and past you. You feel tears welling in your eyes and now the speeding lights are blurry, with huge color spheres that suddenly stop and then float by, the lights bounce off the colors in zero gravity. Floating, slowly , gentle somersaults in a silent weightlessness, your heart slows now to a steady powerful rhythm and your thoughts are bulging with color and light. You feel sensations that were thought lost in a jaded body and mind, your lungs purified as the heavens filter them. Your heart feels big in your chest, and you feel the richer red blood coursing through your surprised blood vessels. Your breathing starts to relax, and your pleasured heart is beating like a drum. All Creation sings an anthem of Light and Life as you open your eyes. Your arms are still open wide, and you’re still looking up at the velvet indigo sky jeweled with stars and you’re still standing in that place far away from street lights and porch lights. On the edge of the woods where the only light is from the moon and the stars. You just looked up and inhaled the universe, wore it, drank it, knew it.You feel different now somehow, but you can’t put your finger on it. Wait… does the sky look diffferent? Either the dark canvas is darker, or the little jewels are shining brighter. The stars are twinkling now, promising to keep your secrets safe..

We don’t look up enough.


About the Creator

Colleen Walters

i’m just a girl in Florida who likes to write things, inspired by events and people in my life.

When I grow up, I want to be a kid again.

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  • The Writer 12 days ago


  • Andrea Corwin about a month ago

    I do. I love to look at the treetops, the stars, and look down at small creatures. Your story will remind people, congrats!!

  • ROCK 2 months ago

    I have a thing for studying the changes in the hues of the lake I live on, the clouds moving from the other side and especially moonlit nights; this was a beautiful reminder to appreciate our universe and being part of something so much bigger ourselves. Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Anna 2 months ago

    Congrats on Top Story!🥳🥳🥳

  • LASZLO SLEZAK2 months ago

    Excellent work

  • The feeling of looking up and finding comfort in the grandeur above us is so eloquently captured in your words. We are grateful that you reminded us to recognize the sky's really basic beauty.

  • Caroline Craven2 months ago

    This is great! And you’re completely right, we don’t look up enough.

  • Rowan Finley 2 months ago

    Beautiful 🤩

  • Rachel Deeming2 months ago

    Colleen, I look up. I am with you here. I remember nights on beaches where the skies wowed. I remember Hawai'i shooting stars. Whenever I am out at night(or day), I look up.

  • Gabriel Huizenga2 months ago

    This is absolutely stunning. May we all look up today 💙

  • Judey Kalchik 2 months ago

    The way this is written looks like one star, then another, and then the entire universe calls for attention. Very effective!

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