Life can be pretty routine at times, can’t it? Not that I’m saying routine is bad – we need routine to give our lives some structure. But sometimes routine means we simply tread the same path, eyes fixed ahead and we don’t really see what is going on around us. It can make our day-to-day experience of the world a pretty narrow one, yes? So this week I decided to be radical! To look up, down, left, right. To tread the neighbourhood footpaths I rarely walk. And this is what I found.
I have been parking in the car park behind our little shopping village several times a week for as long as we’ve lived in our current home – a good 17 years – but this week I actually looked UP at the rear of these shops and I was quite taken by everything in this scene. I love the urn with the foliage, the large ginger jar in the window, the three blue pots sitting on the window ledge. I love the lines of the window panes, the bricks, chimneys and antennae. I love the signs of age on the buildings. I’m going to make a point of checking out these buildings every time I pop down to the shops from now on. Perhaps the pots will change? Maybe curtains will appear?
Taking the doggie for her morning walk, I decided to be really radical and I TURNED LEFT rather than walking straight ahead. Crazy, right? You must be dying to have someone so zany at your next party! I regularly drive down this street but I rarely walk it. It dips down a little from my usual route and just this small difference gave it a different feeling. I felt enclosed by the foliage and with the bell tower from the nearby church standing majestically in the background, it was like I was in a little English village. I can see these spires from my kitchen window but I only noticed that this year! Really have to improve on my looking skills!
And how gorgeous is this protea? I have never seen one like this before. It was in one of the gardens I passed on my walk. The bush was laden with these beautiful peachy blooms. This one was atop the bush, its petals opened out, as if it were reaching to the heavens. The soft blue of the sky was the perfect backdrop to the soft colours in the leaves and the flowers.
Have you ever had any “huh, who knew that was there?’ moments? Do you stick to the same routes and looking straight ahead? Or do you try to look more widely?
And, thinking about widening the way we see the world and the people around us, this week’s podcast from This American Life is well worth a listen. Three stories where our perceptions are challenged. It accompanied me on my walk yesterday and I think I’m going to go back and listen to it again.
Happy looking, lovelies!