Come Closer

When I lived in the city,   my eye would be drawn to bright lights. Winking me into a bar or restaurant for comfort and warmth they often plopped me in places I didn't actually want to be, and I would quickly leave, vaguely disatisfied for having been sucked in. Like a moth to flame.

Not so now.

Now the light is finer, truer, and real. It draws me in and entices me, making me want to linger longer than I should. I am often late.

Some things just demand to be seen.
I can't codify cute. But I know it when I see it. Beauty. Boldness. Something catches my eye, turns my head, and speaks to me.

Often more loudly than it should, and I get swept up in the moment. Attention deficit I am not...perhaps, no actually, the opposite. Attention overload.

I can lose myself in the moment, the memory, the meaning. I am sometimes not present because I am all there.

My favourite walk is right outside my door, full of mystery, signs and signals. It stops me cold in my tracks. I truly cannot understand how others can simply walk on by! But they do, leaving me behind to ponder..what animal? Where was it going? Or was it coming? was it being chased? or chasing? I am chastened by all this. Humbled. Smaller. But more complete.

My inner child is evidently alive
and well. It does not take much to take off on a flight of fancy. And "why?" is a question often asked.

As the crow flies is sometimes just a short little walk out the front door.
I wish you  all a wonder full new year!


Kelly said...

...lovely post. Sounds a little bit like me, although I've been so busy of late I have walked on by. You reminded me to be myself and slow down. A wonderfully happy and peaceful New Year to you too!

Dave said...

Susan, Happy New Year to you and your inner child!

Kay L. Davies said...

A lovely series of photos.
All the best in 2011.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Ruth said...

Appreciating the little things, the everyday beauty around us is what makes life special. Happy New Year!

LauraX said...

May your inner child always take the hand of your outer adult and lead you to wonder and beauty and the mystery of discovery at the next step! Happy New Year:)

BraCom (Bram) said...

Beautiful SkyWatch posting!
thank you for sharing this beautiful photo work

Thanks for your visits and comments in the past Year.
I wish you a very happy and healthy New Year.

Happy SWF! Have a good weekend,
Regards, Bram

My SkyWatch on WordPress

Seen on Sky Watch Friday, Season 4, Episode 25

Little Brown Job said...

Happy New Year Susan, all the best for 2011.


jyothisethu said...

happy to experience such an atmosphere which is strange for south Indians like me...

lovely pictures, well captured...



Mary said...

Dearest Susan,

We are kindred spirits. They don't always understand when we ask, "Wait a minute? I need to see this..."

Love to you for the New Year.

Keep on with your lovely prose and photos.


Lori Skoog said...

What a meaningful post. It's all about appreciating the little things in everyday life. Beautifully written.