College Life

Don’t Forget to Breathe!

Mondays and Wednesdays are very busy days for me, and lunch is just one more thing to add to my hectic schedule. Therefore, Grab N Go is the norm for me. A couple of days ago, as I was dashing into Grab N Go for my usual lunch, I noticed a few students looking at something on the wall of the building.

Filled with curiosity, I walked over and found they were looking at a large dragonfly. Now, I know what you're thinking: It's just an insect, who cares. Hang in there with me. I have a point.

Anyway, as I was taking a couple of photos of this dragonfly, I became fascinated with the little creature I was watching. Although only a couple inches long, the dragonfly has several amazing characteristics. For instance, a dragonfly's eyes can see in every direction except directly behind itself. Also, the wings of the dragonfly are extremely thin and transparent, yet they can be used to fly directly up and down and even to hover in place. Such flying techniques have been admired and mimicked by many scientists and engineers. Yes, the dragonfly is an amazing little creature!

Okay, maybe everyone isn't as fascinated by tiny insects as I am, but that's not the point. The point is that the little things in life are very important. In our attempting to complete everything we need to, we often forget about those little details.

Sure, maybe you have no interest in dragonflies at all, but what about flowers? Do you take the time to admire their beauty? Maybe you like the sunshine—have you stopped and noticed its warmth recently? Or perhaps you enjoy rainy days. When was last time you took a moment to relax and just breathe in the fresh air that the rain has purified? Whatever it is that interests you, don't forget about it during your busy schedule.

We all need to breathe: if we didn't, we would suffocate and die. In a similar way, we need "a breath of fresh air" in our exhausting lives. So next time you see a dragonfly (or something you actually like), remember—breathe. Life isn't meant to be rushed through. Enjoy the details!

The thoughts and opinions expressed in Life in the Nest are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Pensacola Christian College.
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