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The Eye of the Beholder July 15, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Gratitude, Mindfulness, Nature.

Nature does not ask, “what do they want me to be?” . . . it’s glory lies in its authenticity.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  We see the world behind our eyes.

We can embrace the beauty and wonder of life ~ watching an eagle in flight or the silent flutter of butterflies, absorbing the night sky on a cloudless night, pondering the perfection of a single grain of sand ~ or not.

When we remain mindful of  ordinary miracles, we begin to see, touch, taste, and feel the flow of life as it dances around us.

When we tune in to the moment, we catch life’s little gems as they fly by ~ happy to be alive.

Life becomes less a chore, and  more an exciting endeavor, when we enter the flow of life with a song of gratitude in our heart and a smile on our lips.

Life is full of magical moments, sweet surprises, and adventures around every bend in the road . . . but we miss them  when we don’t keep our ears, eyes, and hearts open.

Nature speaks with many voices.  Listen with your ears, eyes, and heart.

Celebrate the joy and beauty of nature . . . the unexpected mysteries of life!

No rules. Just write!

Related posts:  Weekend Theme ~ Beauty (View from the Side) * Beauty in 10 Ordinary Things (Mirth & Motivation) * Beauty, Disease and A Sore Loser (The Only Cin)

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Artwork available at Roderick MacIver Arts.  The beauty of Rod’s art lies in his ability NOT to control all aspects of the water ~ he allows it latitude to do its thing while he does his. The result speaks for itself.


1. Paula Tohline Calhoun - July 15, 2011

Could not be better said. . .(note to self: scratch my next post).

However, “When we tune in to the moment, we catch life’s little gems as they fly by.” When the so-called miracle of my own body flashes by in the mirror, I have yet to catch any gems. . .! :mrgreen:

nrhatch - July 15, 2011

Why are you going to scratch your next post . . . does it have an itch? 😉

With all you’ve been through . . . you ARE a medical miracle. 😀

Paula Tohline Calhoun - July 15, 2011

Now, if only angels sang and “wolves” whistled whenever I walked by!

My post has that curious itch that comes when you are close to plagiarism! 🙄

nrhatch - July 15, 2011

Plagiarism is stealing words from someone else’s pen . . . not sharing your thoughts on a topic they’ve broached.

Write on! And post away! 😀

Paula Tohline Calhoun - July 15, 2011

Notice I said CLOSE to plagiarism – besides, as I said, you covered the topic very well – I’ll save my entry for a later time. Besides – I hadn’t even started writing it yet! 😀

nrhatch - July 15, 2011

Great minds think alike . . . one mind, one muse
And the other adage . . . you snooze, you lose. 😉

But don’t delay writing and posting it on my account.

That’s the thing about themes . . . we tend to get on similar wavelengths. From my perspective, that’s part of the charm.

2. ceceliafutch - July 15, 2011

Another insightful post! Thank you.

nrhatch - July 15, 2011

Sidey’s theme this week is BEAUTY if you want to join in. 😀

3. Cindy - July 15, 2011

Sometimes there’s a boulder in the eye of the beholder and it takes some time to shift …

nrhatch - July 15, 2011

LOL! Some people seem to have a “sty in their eye as wide as the sky” ~ completely obscuring their view of reality. 🙄

4. SuziCate - July 15, 2011

What a lovely post…I needed these words today! Thank you.

nrhatch - July 15, 2011

Yay! Glad they resonated with you, Suzi. 😀

5. Tilly Bud - July 15, 2011

Quite beautiful, Nancy.

nrhatch - July 15, 2011

Thanks, Tilly. The Heron Dance paintings set the stage . . . and encouraged me to start dancing across it. 🙂

6. Lisa (Woman Wielding Words) - July 15, 2011

I was thinking about joining the challenge, but you wrote it best. Now I have nothing to add. Beautiful, Nancy. Truly beautiful.

nrhatch - July 15, 2011

Thanks, Lisa. The simple abundance of nature fills my heart with joy. Maybe BEAUTY will beckon and inspire you to paint, dance, write, sing . . . or soar along with Sidey’s theme.

7. SidevieW - July 15, 2011

Beauty is everywhere, if we take the time to look

nrhatch - July 15, 2011

How many times during the day do we fail to notice what is right in front of our nose? 😎

Wonderful theme, Sidey.

8. kateshrewsday - July 15, 2011

Lovely thoughts, Nancy, which make me feel positive tonight. Beautiful posts you are coming out with right now.

nrhatch - July 15, 2011

Thanks, Kate. Sidey’s theme this week inspired me to do some positive thinking. Beauty is such a wonderful topic.

9. souldipper - July 15, 2011

Here I am reading this as I rev up to go and help at the theater…I will get back to letting life be just as soon as I know I’m not late! 😀

nrhatch - July 15, 2011

Enjoy the theatre! A venue almost as inspiring as nature. 😀

10. Connor Rickett - July 16, 2011

The watercolors on this are fantastic!

Also, I was just in your home state this past week, and it was easy to see how someone with an appreciation of nature might find themselves at home there.

nrhatch - July 16, 2011

I agree. Rod’s artwork, especially his watercolors . . . GORGEOUS!

11. Vix @ LittleMissEverything - July 16, 2011

A great reminder to see beauty for what it is, thanks!

nrhatch - July 16, 2011

The wider I keep my eyes and ears open to everything that is being offered . . . right here, right now . . . the easier it is for me to access inner peace and happiness.

Aah . . . that’s better. 😎

12. bluebee - July 17, 2011

There is much to celebrate, Nancy – lovely post.

nrhatch - July 17, 2011

Thanks, bluebee. Here’s to celebrating the subtle mysteries surrounding us. 😀

13. Rosa - July 17, 2011

I think this post goes really well on the heels of your post about relaxation and exercise! I think that we get too swept up in the daily grind and the unexpected beauties of life can pass us by!

nrhatch - July 17, 2011

You’re right, Rosa. We get so caught up in the Go, Go, Go of daily life that we “miss the moment.” Today, my body slammed on the brakes and I came to a screeching halt.

I hope I feel more like myself tomorrow.

14. eof737 - July 17, 2011

Love the watercolors and the message… soothing. 🙂

nrhatch - July 18, 2011

Thanks, E! Here’s to keeping our eyes, hearts, and minds OPEN to the wonder around us.

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