Worth a Second Look

28 09 2011

There are times when we are just blown away by something
– a painting, a poem, a face, a flower.
Our eyes fall on it and we are smitten.
There are some things, however, that we look past without notice.                 Not always a smart idea.

A few nights ago, I happened upon the PBS Nature episode about hummingbirds. It prompted me to consider how I see – more accurately, how I look at my world.  Stunning images of flashing iridescent colors were contrasted with far less dramatic shots of the same hummingbird and it was all dependent on which way the light hit those magic feathers.  Had the camera not lingered, one might have determined that hummingbirds are tiny little drab creatures; hardly the correct conclusion to draw about the spectacular little flying jewels they really are.

How many times might we have overlooked something truly beautiful, valuable, perhaps even monumental because we were seeing it from only one angle, not seeing the whole of it? I am afraid to consider what gems I’ve missed in my hurry-up life.  There is so much ugliness in the world, we should never ever miss an opportunity to appreciate something beautiful.  There is so much beauty in the world, we should make sure we look for it.  We won’t be disappointed.

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2 responses

28 09 2011
Kevin

I confess to being visually impaired on occasion.
Thanks for the reminder, Paula…

2 10 2011
Jennifer Daggs

Love this! So true!

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