The inspiration for Matthew West's new song "The Beautiful Things We Miss" first began surfacing in his mind during a hike he took in Colorado. Matthew, a beginning hiker at the time, paused to catch his breath; looking around he noticed something profound...

"I was just focusing on the ground in front of me and there's all these roots from trees that had popped up that you kind of used as steps and if you didn't see them you'd trip over them," Matthew recalls. "At one point, I was just out of breathe and I stopped and for the first time in the hike I looked around me and it was like the most gorgeous scenery, it was just breathtaking. And, I literally had the idea the beautiful things we miss. Why? Because I was looking down the whole time I was hiking and I was missing what was going on around me."

In this video about the story behind "The Beautiful Things We Miss" Matthew continues to describe what he discovered that day and how he applies it to his own life, with his family and career.

"I don't wanna miss it
 I don't wanna look back someday and find
 Everything that really mattered
 Was right in front of me this whole time."

                                          Lyrics from "The Beautiful Things We Miss"