Seeing differently

There are some who see a great deal and some who see very little in the same things’.  T.H. Huxley

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If we could time travel back to our earliest formative years, when our world was a kaleidoscope of colour and shapes, we could regain our natural curiosity and love of colour and form.  

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After the formative years, we begin to see the world through the narrow definition that our culture has imposed upon us.

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Our heads can be filled with reasons why we should not, and cannot do something!

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Given the fast pace of our lives today, and the fact that most of us are plugged into technology of one kind or another, our collective senses have been deadened. 

Just as dancers and athletes exercise their limbs,  our eyes need to be exercised….so that we can begin to see the world around us in our own unique way. 

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The photographs in this post are of an old wooden table I used to do my water-colour painting on….Added to the wonderful paint stains are the lilies and their shadow play. 

‘I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive….’  Joseph Campbell. 

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A Bientôt

12 thoughts on “Seeing differently

  1. ShimonZ

    I’m working on my blog right now… and just had the urge to look at yours… and had the pleasure of finding that we were both concerned with much the same thought. I love the photos… as you know, I’m familiar with the table… and with the conjunction of table with stains, and flowers and shadows. It was a great pleasure to study the scene once again… all the more so, because of your thoughts that were intertwined. And I don’t always know what people are looking for, but I loved that quote from Joseph Campbell. Have a beautiful day, Janet. xxx

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  2. janetweightreed10 Post author

    Good morning, Shimon. It always pleases me to know that you are reading my blog. I have always admired the writings of Joseph Campbell and particularly like this quote. Looking forward to reading your thoughts, and wishing you a beautiful weekend. Big hugs for Nechame:)x

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  3. Tish Farrell

    Thought provoking post this morning, Janet. Your observations also collide with things I’ve been thinking. We are so busy ‘looking towards’ what we want in the future, what MIGHT be, that we do not inhabit ‘the now’ long enough to focus and concentrate on the sights before our eyes. Jaded sensibilities, I suppose. And putting our values on the wrong things.

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  4. snowbird

    What a wonderful post, I just love that old table of yours and the light and shadow play along with the lilies was a visual feast. It’s s shame so many walk around blinkered, some even forget to look up….and all this is free and wondrous.xxx

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    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Yes, it’s all free….and wondrous. As you well know with your beautiful gardens….to really see what’s going on you have to look up, down, under, behind….in every glorious corner:)xxx

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