What is the story behind Look Up?
Five years ago, I unveiled a holiday to the world, Look Up Day. It started as a celebration each month on the 27th as a way for me to share the powerful lesson that I learned from a traumatic, life-altering accident (9/27/09). It has since morphed into more than just a holiday, but a powerful, wise mantra.
The wisdom behind Look Up is twofold:
1) Be aware of your surroundings, appreciating the beauty around you as well as hazards. In essence, be in the moment and mindful.
2) Spin each situation positively. Although many circumstances appear negative at first, every experience is an opportunity to learn. There are NO wasted experiences. Every wound, hiccup, or hurdle turns into wisdom.
How did I come up with the name?
I can’t take credit for naming the holiday or the mantra, Look Up. I asked my clan: friends, family, and colleagues for help in naming the holiday. I received over fifty names from all around the globe (see the runners up here). Thank you Kris, a travel industry peer from Ohio, for the final name!
As a way to spread the message of Look Up, I have written two books: When All Balls Drop and With New Eyes (due out this September). In both, I convey the powerful tool that we all possess, which is perspective.
I used Look Up to triumph from my full-blown life catastrophe where I lost everything. AND, I continue to use it to get through life’s little hiccups like a TSA line at any airport or grocery shopping before a holiday. These two wise words remind us all that we have the power to shift the way we frame any situation. We may not have control to change the circumstances, but we do have the power of perspective.
Today I would like to unveil the Look Up logo to you and the world. It was made by one of my clan in Miami, talented Flavia Santos. With its bright and happy orange, the logo reminds us all to Look Up.
I share with you, readers of my books, and the world the wisdom of Look Up. Please share this post and add the hashtag #lookup. BTW, if you are interested in Look Up items like hats, t-shirts, and coffee mugs, please contact me.
Here’s to looking up!