Little did I realize what was behind that curtain.
It was dark and rainy when we checked into our hotel in the town of St. Ignace, Michigan. Tired from our day of sightseeing in Dearborn and then the hours-long drive to the Upper Peninsula, we were more than ready to just relax and unwind.
After settling in a bit, I went to the hotel window like I usually do on our journeys to see what kind of view there was. I absolutely did not expect to see what I saw.
First of all, I was just a bit concerned as I drew open the drapery to find the window was actually a sliding glass door which opened to a small patio. Not that disconcerting unless you were on the lower level, which we were.
Then I wondered why it was so very dark outside. I knew it was nighttime and raining but it was really pitch dark, no lights to be seen from the view whatsoever. I expected some lights from houses or perhaps other hotels or businesses, but what greeted me was sheer inkiness.
So I switched the porch light on and voilà! There it was – a view of one of the Great Lakes – Lake Huron to be exact. And our lower level room in the center of that hotel wing had a perfect view.
Nothing else in sight but the lake and a string of lawn chairs facing it. What a nice spot to sit and just relax, think, rest, ponder.
But of course, it was nighttime and raining…and did I mention it was a bit on the chilly side?
On our second morning at this hotel, I awakened early and then it dawned on me that a new day was also dawning outside and I could probably catch the sunrise on the lake.
Again, I pulled open that curtain, stepped outside, and took in the spectacular view as the sun was just beginning to rise in the east.
By mid-morning, there was yet another lovely view outside that room.
A room with a view. What more could we have asked for? And what a view it was. I’m so thankful I opened that curtain.
My experience is a bit like life isn’t it? We travel along on our life journey but don’t know what surprises await us just around the corner or just within our reach if we open ourselves up to the experience.
Open the curtain and enjoy the view. I think I learned a valuable lesson on the shore of Lake Huron.
“Somewhere on your journey, don’t forget to turn around and enjoy the view.” ~ unknown