Focus On What Really Matters

This past weekend, my daughter, Isabel Juda experienced her first reality check of sort.

I took her out for a long walk alone (longer than what my wife considered ‘normal’).

Image by Stuart Miles

Awe in the Ordinary

Our first stop was the local park. Recently, my wife and I have noticed Isabel’s ability to focus on things or people. In the park, it was falling leaves from the trees. She gazed intently for a long time. Whatever it was that really captured her attention, I could tell she loved the sight

From the park we set out to a nearby motorway. I know, what was I thinking?!

When I told my wife how we stood on a motorway bridge watching cars speed in both directions, I knew what was coming – there wasn’t going to be a repeat of this mini adventure. But it was a moment of bliss, for Isabel. Words fail me to describe the intensity in her eyes as she watched the fast moving ‘creatures’.

In that moment, I felt a great and overwhelming sense of awe. Holding my daughter in my arm (in a baby carrier actually) and seeing her eyes lit sent waves of gratitude through my body. That really mattered to me.

There is something about God and using the ‘normal’ – He makes us see and experience awe in the ordinary.

What Matters To You?

Our lives need focus. We can no longer be all over the place. And without a clear vision, we are just that way. Living purposefully requires a great deal of focus on what’s important. I’m learning this everyday. It’s a tough ask but a necessary one.

My mini adventure with Isabel reaffirmed the importance of family, the need for me to connect with the people that really matter to me, the people that add the most value to my life, in the hope of experiencing awe in the ordinary. I’m focusing on that.

What are the 3 things that REALLY matter to you? How are you experiencing awe in the ordinary?

About Joseph Iregbu

I'm a writer, purpose guy, speaker and business consultant. My passion is to help people live with purpose and not waste their lives. I live in the UK with my wife, Temi and our gorgeous Isabel Juda. Let's connect on Twitter and Facebook.

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