The beauty that we miss
28 Aug 2020 5:54AM
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Over the last few months, all of us have been staying close to home, and weve had the opportunity to study our local environment more than usual. Weve not been rushing anywhere (medical professionals apart), so weve a chance to perceive beautiful things that we might have rushed by twelve months ago.
So to some extent at least a few more people will have seen how the light changes during the day on their living room wall, or how the wind alters the shape of the trees, or the way that light glances off an ornament. People who hadnt done that before
Thats been an opportunity for us to examine the world more closely, and to record them. Some have embraced it: restrictions have channelled their creativity. Others were there already: people who have minds that allow them to see beauty in the things and places the rest of us miss. And people with great creative drive who went looking where it wasnt apparent that there was a subject.
Its a talent: the people who have it are a little bemused by the way the rest of us think they create something from (apparently) nothing. Can be offended by the way we talk about making the mundane beautiful.
But lets look at what we can do now
Walk slowly, look around. Either keep your mobile phone in your pocket, or stop if you really have to look at it. Park yourself out of the way to take a call or check a text. And while youre stopped, look around. Theres a subject waiting there
And you can make it beautiful. More correctly, you can find, appreciate, and share it.