There are moments in my life where I just stop. I stop and take a mental picture of what is before me and sometimes I just quietly rejoice in how blessed I am to live where I live and to be loved how I am loved. Other times, I do a happy dance for all to see and squeal with joy at the wonders that I witness. Recently, there have been a few times when I have stopped to indulge in some simple yet extraordinary things. The other night while I was out walking with a friend, I gazed up and was delightfully surprised by the full moon. "Look! Look at the moon!" I exclaimed, which MAY have frightened my friend. "What!?! What!?! I see it. What do you want me to do?" my friend replied. Nothing, I thought...I just wanted my friend to stop and enjoy it, maybe as much as I did. Later that week, I was at work and had to pull my car to the side of the road so that I could snap the picture above of the deer grazing on the hill with the Pacific Ocean in the backdrop, and another time this year, I stopped to enjoy the breathtaking view of the San Clemente Pier, as I shared an unforgettable day with longtime friends. In my mind and in my heart, I hold a database of these mental pictures and the memories of the joy that I have experienced in just taking a moment to stop and appreciate these small things. It makes me think of a quote that I have hanging in my room which says, "Enjoy the little things; you may look back and realize they were the big things."
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Dr. Stella Erbes
Dr. Stella Erbes is a teacher at heart. Her passion to teach and help others has led her to compose this site full of resources. Dr. Erbes is a university professor and teaches education courses which help prepare future teachers. She hopes that the lessons prepared here will lead her readers to exceptional food, unforgettable travel, and better living.
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