My daughter plays in the summer sun, wading through grasses as deep as her knees. She is in the thick of life. When she runs to me, and I swoop her up onto my shoulders, the world is transformed before her. This new view, this more distant perspective, thrills her. Her world expands, and she is delighted. She lets go of my shoulders, trusting I will keep her safe while she looks around, arms wide, as if she is hugging the world.

Sometimes I look up from the keyboard, from the grocery list, from the details of life I am knee-deep in, and as I take a breath and stretch, the world expands for me, too. I am safe and delighted. When you rise above your own lawn and feel the vast majesty of life itself, how do you feel? How are you looking at the bigger picture? What kind of a future do you see?