"Seeing is different from being told." --Kenyan Proverb
Good morning, everyone. It's back to work. I was going to say Monday, but it's actually Tuesday. I say we should have 3 day weekends every week. Got to work and found a big surprise which must have arrived after I left Friday....the latest in the Avalon series, "The Sword of Avalon" by Diana Paxton. Oh, gosh, I am so excited.
I must share with you about my first experiences with the Avalon series. Actually, it took me awhile to finally read "The Mists of Avalon" despite hearing rave reviews, but it was fiction...and I didn't read fiction. But once I gave in and bought a copy I went into a frenzy that didn't end until I had bought and read the entire series. I read from "The Mists" backwards through "The Fall of Atlantis"...and then I turned around and read the series forward. I was obsessed. Couldn't put the books down. Why, I fell so in love with the characters that I devised an elaborate chart which I kept with me as I analyzed the characters various incarnations. Why, I even dreamed about Avalon!!!
Well, another snowy day here in the city. Not too bad out though. Now it is more of a mixture of rain and snow. The sidewalks are pretty gray and slushy...all and all, a pretty ugly day....but ugly is far too harsh of a word for this beauty all around us...no matter where we live and what kind of day it is. What happens is that we become oblivious to the richness of our environment when the details of our daily life take over. For example, this morning all I could think about was "Why does it have to be so nasty when I have to go back to work? Why couldn't I stay home today?" So, what I was doing was concentrating on what I saw as the ugliness of the day. But, sometimes we have to broaden our definitions of beauty and wonder. For, in fact, there is a certain beauty of watching the storm clouds as they blanket the city or the delicate awe snow-capped trees which surrounded me. And as I stood there, taking in the magnificence of all of the natural wonders all about me, I was grateful that I had stopped and taken the time this morning to stop and witness the miracle of our planet for my bad mood had completely vanished and I was looking forward to the day.
Observe. Connect. Go to a window or step outdoors. Open your eyes and take in the beauty of where you are right now. Appreciate your environment which is there...all around you...with beauty and wonder.