These past few months, I have been patiently (and anxiously) “waiting” to feel myself…whole again…within the growing and rebuilding of my life.
As my dear friend Clint reminded me the other day: “I’m starting to think that the moments that are the most screwed up in life when we forget who we are…are the middle parts of letting our old selves go and embracing then new. Much like a snake skin. It’s a life of transition we all forget we need to go through.” Did I mention Clint is brilliant? 😉
It got me thinking about living with grace and patience within the “in-between” times of life. I have the power and the ability to view circumstances, events, and moments in this beautiful life with new eyes. I can actually transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Perhaps not even new eyes, but open eyes.
I see, but do I really SEE?
Every single day there is a sunrise and a sunset. I’ve missed seeing many of them as I knew there would be another one the next day. I have, at times, become numb to the extraordinary and have viewed it as ordinary. But there’s magic there. That’s why in the photography world it’s called “Magic Hour”. It’s that time of day when the sun dips down or up beyond the horizon and the world is lit up in the most magical way.
Shapes come alive…
Silhouetted trees dance against amber skies…
Clouds float along a vast canvas of pinks and blues…
Morning dew sits delicately on soft leaves of green…
You can actually see individual rays of the golden sun…
Spider webs sparkle like tiny diamonds
There’s beauty in the every day…
And within nature’s remarkable: lunar eclipses, northern lights, and blood moons…
Am I opening my eyes to all of the beauty around me? Are you?
Maybe there is magic within the transition.
The in between.
The letting go.
The moving forward.
The right this second.
Eyes wide open.
It’s also why I love people. It’s fascinating the stories people have locked away in their hearts. Stories of wisdom, strength, unrelenting determination. Are we sharing those with others walking similar paths of struggle/victory? Are we hearing those who can teach us something if we simply stop talking and listen with intent? Move beyond the surface with those who cross your path in life. There’s a reason for it.
I hope you see life a little differently this morning. Slowing down at times does not equate to lazy. It’s about honouring this very stage of life you are in right now and going one step further…celebrating it. Letting go of control and just be. We are all perfectly imperfect people who have grown into who we are today as a result of our ups and downs. Both are equally deserving of respect.
I want to encourage you today to open your eyes, ears and heart to things you may have missed by viewing them as ordinary. Oh no my friends…there is extraordinary in this very moment.
Have a magical day. From my heart to yours,
P.S. I am inspired to start picking up my camera again for personal projects. To be continued…