We are interesting beings, created with amazing capabilities, yet wired by our biology toward a negative mental focus. Once upon a time this kept you and i safe from predators. Now it mostly causes anxiety.
We lean toward what is wrong with.the world, our lives, ourselves. We spend so little time seeing the good, far less savoring it, focusing on it, or embracing it.
It's so much easier, more natural to marinate in the injustices, the wrongs. But oh how wonderful when we make the choice to fervently savor what is right!
This shift in emphasis, the graceful appreciation of what at first glance appears mundane, has stunning results. A change of perspective, the embrace of simple beauties becomes more than meaningful for us, and our lives.
Beautiful french doors were gifted to me not too long ago. I rarely notice them now. Beautiful in themselves, they invite me to the view of a mystical forest in my backyard. A view I disregard much of the time.
Recently one early morning the sun slanted down in a particularly enchanted way. I thought 'how beautiful' But only for a millisecond. As usual, I was off to more important tasks. But this time I stopped, paused, took a breath.
And saw it as though for the first time. And kept looking and looking.
It changed the perspective of my morning, actually my entire day. Relishing those few moments brought me to a space of feeling deep appreciation, a sense of being blessed. It really felt magical. Only minutes before I had been steeped in what wasn't working, what could be different, what should be different.
Now I saw everything through a whole new light.