Atop the World

How’s the view from atop the world?

How’s the view when everything is going your way?

A smile on your face?

A kind word on your lips?

A light shining for all to see?

How’s the view when you’re all alone?

How’s the view when life is caving in?

Do you still radiate the light of a thousand suns?

-Amy Lyon Smith

It’s springtime!

A time for new beginnings. Β A time for new growth.

A time for being finished with being sick (I’m crossing my fingers for that one. Β I’m finally on the mend.)

The beginning of the lines to the poem came to me yesterday as I was falling asleep.

Isn’t that when the best things show up?

When our mind is relaxed.



The loop road on the Blue Ridge Parkway that leads to Roanoke Mountain has finally opened again and daylight savings means later sunsets.

I haven’t been up there yet, but I’m hoping to get back up there sometime in the next week so I can capture some more sunsets like the two above.

The first photo is from my hike to Dragon’s Tooth. If you missedΒ that post, you can check it out here.

I’ve realized that this will be an extremely busy time for me. Soccer…Vacations…Prom… Parenting teenagers in general.

More than anything I need to be fully present during this time in their lives.

My primary job is mothering my children through this rocky, crazy, all-consuming phase of teenage years.

As such, I will probably be scaling back on posting. I want to leave enough space to still have time to communicate with all the wonderful people I’ve met through Blogging, Instagramming, and other social media outlets.

If you aren’t already following me on Instagram, you can find me here.

I usually post a photo a day over there. πŸ™‚

Looking forward to sharing my crazy, jam-packed days with all of you.

And catching and spreading a little sunshine along the way.


Let your light shine!


22 thoughts on “Atop the World

  1. Nicely done on asking about our disposition in times of conflict. Well-worded. This is a person’s true character, how they behave when they’re feeling their lowest.
    I wish you good balance in your busyness through the coming months. πŸ™‚

  2. Lovely poem Amy and gorgeous photo. Good luck with all the juggling and scaling down/up. It’s a fine balance isn’t it and I’ll be trying to find the same.

  3. Stunning photos Amy, and thanks so much for sharing those! And spending time with kids (even when only “managing” them and their logistics) is always better than spending time in front of the computer!! Have a great day! Marcus (too far away from his kids).

  4. That’s awesome! What a beautiful place and a great perspective on your time. Thank you for being a good example in keeping the main things the main things. Thanks for sharing!

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