About 10 years ago my mom and I were driving along the road when we came across a home that was having a water feature installed in their front yard.
About a week later we drove by again and saw that the water feature had been completed.
I thought it was just about the ugliest and most nonrealistic looking thing I had ever seen and I said exactly that to my mom.
In response she said to me, “Sam, maybe John, (the man who supposedly lives there), built the water feature in memory of his wife who just passed away.”
I laughed and told her that story was as unlikely as “John’s” waterfall was unrealistic.
However, since then, every time we pass by this house someone in my family will make a comment concerning John or his wife.
“Everyone wave to John!”
“Isn’t it sweet how much John loves his wife?”
“I wonder what John’s wife was like…”
And every time I would hear a comment like this I would roll my eyes and once again express my dislike for the waterfall.
Until last week.
Last week I decided to go on a long walk and I happened to walk by John’s house.
As I walked by, I was able to see the waterfall up close and my whole perspective changed.
The waterfall, the tribute to John’s wife, is beautiful.
I love the Lillie pads in the blue water,
And the bright orange fish swimming at the base,
I could listen to the sound of flowing water all day,
And the flowers growing in every crevasse of the rock makes it so very beautiful.
I even stopped a moment to appreciate how beautiful it is, and before I knew it, thoughts of John’s wife were filling my mind.
This was such a great experience for me, and it taught me a very important lesson.
Life is all about perspective.
Get a little closer and you can find beauty in everything.
In every person,
And when you take one step closer, that ugly waterfall will become a beautiful tribute to John’s wife.