Seeing What Is

In 1973, when Al and I bought the house I still live in, the yard was beautiful.  An elderly couple had lived there for more than 40 years.  It was obvious that much of their time had been devoted to taking care of the grounds. Because of divorce, child-rearing, working, going to school, etc. it was impossible for me to do all the work that was necessary to maintain the yard and the landscaping disintegrated. I yearned to have the property be beautiful again.

One day, I was standing with a friend in my back yard bemoaning the disarray. She said “Karuna, just look around you.”  That was probably 15 years ago, so the trees are taller now, but what I saw when I looked around that day was similar to these photos I took yesterday. (You can enlarge the pictures by clicking on the galleries.)

The view was stunning.  I realized that by putting my focus on what I didn’t like, I had become blind to the beauty that surrounded me.

Last year, I discovered another situation where I was not seeing something that was in front of me.  The tree in the photos below is so close to my top deck that some of the branches actually touch it.  The tree’s budding and blooming process is fascinating.  How could I not have noticed it before?

(Note: To see the whole tree go to Branches Reach for the Sky.)

 

Have you ever not seen something that was directly in front of you because you were so focused on something else? I believe that experience takes many different forms, whether it be like the examples I’ve shared in this post, or a lost item showing up in a place we’ve looked for it many times.  It could even be not seeing how lovable and capable we are or how much other people care about us because we are focused on traumas from the past or fear of the future.

Consider sharing ways you have not seen what is in front of you in the comment section below or in one of your own posts!

 

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9 thoughts on “Seeing What Is

  1. Well, I have done the looking in places a ton of times and like my keys being right in front of me. I have also just recently seen some purple flowers that have been growing right in front of where I sit outside I did not even see! Made me realize the times I “spend with nature or outside time” are not getting what I want done. So, rethinking my time outside. Being disabled I am limited. Nature is a huge part of my growth. This post again reminds me of that. My take on seeing things right in front of me is right here right now. I need to get in touch with mother earth more. Notice the little purple flowers the universe bloomed for me to enjoy. Right there in front of me!!! Wow, eye-opener again! Thanks, Lovely post!!!

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    1. Thanks so much for reading the post and sharing your experiences. I also have plenty of experiences of losing things and then finding them where I looked, often months later!

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  2. Karuna, if restoring your garden ( British folks refer to all yards as “gardens”) is a goal I’m thinking you could put the word out and folks who don’t have a ” garden” to toil in
    may enjoy working in yours!!😊 Spread the wealth…so to say. Joan. AKA Bunee by her grandchildren 🐰

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  3. When I look at your home, I think back about ours we bought in 1982….I made rash decisions from a place of emotion…I wish I would have kept that home for a while only felt like a trap…one sometimes goes off to where they think the grass is greener only to realize it was already green in our back yard. Great post, Karuna, and love your photos…always love your photos.

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