8:08 a.m. — Atlanta
listening to Run River North‘s new album — I don’t buy albums. That being said, when I first heard Mumford & Sons, I bought their first album and when this group’s first album debuted recently, I bought it based on listening to their song Fight to Keep, which I heard on the Weather Channel
Hi everyone. How are you? Well, I hope. Kids/grandkids back in school, check. Temperatures considering dropping, check. Time on your hands, check. Let’s take a walk.
Really. A walk. If you can walk out your door and do so, go ahead. Maybe, you need to drive a little ways and park. That’s fine. You can’t leave the house? Pick a route to walk through the place as if you were out on a walk. Whichever you choose, pretend you have never walked that route before. If you make a conscious decision to look with new eyes, your brain will listen.
Now, this takes some mental coordination. While looking with new eyes at the things along your route, be open in particular to the unexpected, the ‘Oh! I never noticed that’ or ‘Oh! How unusual’. Keep yourself open at work for moments.
Or — you knew I’d give you an ‘or’ — take a walk through your brain looking for those moments in your life that occasioned that ‘Oh!’ in response to seeing something unexpected.
What about it? Try to capture the feeling you had at the moment of awareness. When I have these moments I feel as if I were still a child seeing things for the first time. The experience of seeing new things, of adding my awareness of them to my life allows me to regard the world with wonder, despite, in spite of, beyond the uglinesses.
You’d like an example moment? One of the strongest, in that the image never goes far down in my memory banks, is a time a dog (not a husky) turned its head to look at me and its eyes were a bright light blue. Just a momentary thing, seemingly slight, but it reminds me that nothing is ever what I expect, or assume, and that I must be open to that.
Write, post, and I will see you Thursday for some links; Friday for a close up of prompt sites; and next Tuesday for our next prompt.
Happy writing, everyone.