Editorial: Expecting my spirits to be lifted daily – Martin Stewart

Martin edits this blog but his day job is as one of the ministers in The Village Church in Christchurch.  He also writes a regular column called Wide Awake (after a U2 song) in Essence, a free monthly community magazine that circulates in South Canterbury.  He finds it an interesting challenge writing in a general way for an unknown but very wide community.  The following article is also published in Essence.

20171013_122721What lifts your spirits?

Is it an accidental thing that comes at you from time to time?
Or is it something you have looked for and grown to expect?

I was driving along the road from Maheno to Herbert and noticed the vivid splash of yellow in the paddocks to the left.  I wanted to stop but I was in a hurry, though I knew that in a few hours I would be coming back the other way.

On the way back, as the yellow appeared in the distance, I was determined to stop and see what it had to offer.  A non-descript side road with only one lane appeared.  I indicated and turned in.  “I need to stop for a minute,” I informed my passenger, as I opened the door and headed towards the paddock with camera in hand.

The next five minutes were magical.  My friend and I were in awe!  Four large paddocks of rolling hills displayed a sea of yellow framed by the blue of the sky and the green of the tree-lined fences.  The camera was pointed in all directions!

What lifts your spirits?
Is it an accidental thing that comes at you from time to time?
Or is it something you have looked for and grown to expect?

I make sure, on every trip, to respond to the invitations around me at least once.  A trip is no longer the business of getting from here to there.  It is also an opportunity for widening, for exploring, and for revelling and delighting.

I am rarely disappointed!
I have come to expect my spirits to be lifted daily!

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