“The beauty and mystery of this world only emerges through affection, attention, interest and compassion . . . open your eyes wide and actually see this world by attending to its colors, details and irony.” ― Orhan Pamuk
There’s a double blessing in opening our eyes to the world around us. Not only are we enriched by the joy and fascination of what we discover; we are also equipped, through our experiences, with greater resilience to weather our personal cares and sorrows. The world is full of wonders untainted by our individual misfortunes. Knowing this gives us perspective. As we pay attention, we store away mental treasures to enjoy when our immediate circumstances seem drab or discouraging.
Are there places you think of when you want a quick imaginary getaway? Mental snapshots of something lovely or memorable? Hold these gems close when winter closes in, and let them spark anticipation of what the year might bring. Feel free to share some of your favorite images that brighten cold or weary days.
One year ago today