Everyday Wonder

wonderlust…

I don’t know why, but lately my eyes and my heart have been restless.

The old haunts that used to be such good places for snapping photos and dreaming?  The woods?  The river?  The mountain trails I love?  Now they feel worn-out, matted down.  Tracked over by too many footprints.  

Maybe it’s all the change:  in the past year, I’ve built a completely different little universe for myself.  I have new friends, a new career and a great many new goals.  It makes sense that I’d want to point my lens in a different direction, too…  

Pack my camera, buy a ticket to the other side of the world and just disappear.

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But I’m learning, slowly, that sometimes the newness I crave isn’t a matter of place but a matter of focus.  

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Maybe I don’t need a new horizon.

Maybe I just need new eyes.

Maybe I could look at the same old everyday things and, with a little a twist of the lens, see something totally new:

  
  
You, too. ❀

 

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50 thoughts on “wonderlust…

  1. Yes, me too. Why do I feel the same way as you? My heart and eyes are also restless. But I’m trying, ever so purposefully, to see newness in the familiar. To see joy in the ordinary. xo

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  4. Sometimes I’m like that too, I feel that it would be better to pack and go to a different place to make things better. But then you quickly realize it’s not about the place – you’re right πŸ˜‰

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  5. Oh, my gosh, yes. I can so relate. There are times in my life when I’ve felt much the same. Almost like I needed a complete overhaul. What I really needed was to start looking at things from a different perspective, like that scene in Dead Poets’ Society when Keating has them all stand on their desks. Just like that. πŸ™‚ Love these photos!

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  6. Are those azalea blossoms? They’re beautiful! I love the way the color plays off the blue of the glass. Wanderlust sounds like a discomfiting sensation, but maybe good can come of it. Lately, I have been telling myself that there are seasons for everything in life, and right now I’m just in a certain *season.* It happens to be uncomfortable, unsettled, and I’m not particularly in love with it, but I am telling myself that it is constantly shifting, and it will be replaced by another season eventually. And maybe I just have to try harder to find that spot that softly glows on the edge of the burning heat, where I can pause and breathe and smile before I end up scalded and overdone. Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures, and for being your honest, lovely self today. Sending you a warm smile and a hug!

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    • They *are* azalea blossoms! Our yard is full of them, and they bloom in waves this time of year: pink, lavender, white, scarlet, coral. I keep them in my grandmother’s Ball jars all through the season, one color after another, and they make me smile.

      I’m a “seasons” person, too (so funny how often we think alike.) What works for me in one season doesn’t always in the next, so I try to take the good and leave the bad, adapt and learn and grow. And of course, enjoy the journey. πŸ™‚

      I hate that you feel uncomfortable in this season. I know the feeling, and I’m wishing you comfort throughout. Also, though, I hope the shakeup gives you space to build something good and new…

      Plant seeds for the season to come…. Sending you sunshine! πŸ™‚

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      • Being mindful that what works in one season won’t always work in the next isn’t the easiest thing for me. I fall into patterns and then find it difficult to adjust. Those periods of adjustment are often uncomfortable. Perhaps that’s the season I’m in right now. Adjustment. πŸ™‚ I love what you wrote about planting seeds. What a beautiful analogy! I’m hoping the sun you sent shines back on you. Take care, my friend!

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  7. sometimes it is not what we are looking at, but when we are looking..we may see the same thing and get different perceptions at different times..it like when we are ready to know something even the smallest things will then deliver the knowledge we desire..so all comes back to curiosity..if we are curious and ready then even the smallest object will give us the lights of wisdom…and i think you are very curious…
    good job done..

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  8. I’ve been away from the blogging world for a while and I have missed your posts. You have a very lovely and adventurous way of writing. Glad to see you are still going; I look forward to reading your posts again.

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  9. Yep, was responding to one of Ray Laskowitz’s posts on basically the same topic. It’s about periodically challenging yourself to try something new, especially when you realize you’ve hit a wall. I have to remind myself to just be patient when I don’t get the results I hoped for in my initial efforts.

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