This morning as I drove to work, small snowflakes were fluttering down delicately. A thin layer of white covered the ground and the branches of the trees, a stark contrast to the dark sky. I felt like pulling to the side of the road and just looking at everything, it was so beautiful. Winter isn’t my favourite season, as I hate being cold, but its definitely a beautiful one.
I’ve realized lately that I’m drawn to the beauty in things around me.
I went to a botanical garden with a close friend this summer. The flowers, scents, and atmosphere made it an incredible experience. But my friend wanted to walk through the different gardens as quickly as possible, even suggesting an early lunch break. I felt as though I could have spent hours there, just sitting and taking everything in. Its a calming and meditative thing for me. If I’m going for a walk and see a bird, or a flower, I just want to look at it for a while, appreciating its uniqueness or beauty. I like to wander, taking in the smells, atmosphere, textures and colours of what I’m seeing. I like to immerse myself in the experience. Now of course I’m talking about activities like going for walks outside, rather than something like a busy shopping trip 🙂
Obviously, I can’t do this all the time. If I need to get to work or to an appointment, I can’t slow down. But I think that its important to be able to appreciate beauty, as it enriches your life and give you a different perspective. I also find it helps calm me down if I’m stressed out or worried.
How do you see things?