“The earth is full of thresholds where beauty awaits the wonder of our gaze.”

John O’Donohue, 20th Century Irish poet and Hegelian philosopher

Image from Unsplash by Rob Mulally

During a recent morning walk a friend used the phrase It’s a beautiful Day.

Instead of agreeing with him and moving on with our conversation, I let this statement linger and penetrate my thinking and my senses.

Planet Earth is a gem in our solar system.

Compared to any other rocky world, it is paradise where life abounds.

How often do we truly appreciate its wondrous beauty?

How many times each day do you stop at the thresholds in your world to gaze and be amazed at what you see?


Here are some of my favorite nature documentaries:

Planet Earth miniseries (2006), Planet Earth II miniseries (2016), Blue Planet II, Chasing Ice (2012), and David Attenborough’s A Life on our Planet (2020). What are some of yours?

What are some beautiful places close to home that await the wonder of your gaze?