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Turn the NOW into the NEW June 30, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Mindfulness.

Huey,-Dewey-And-LouieReclaiming our sense of “alert curiosity” turns the Now into the New.

We see things as they are, without the overlay of stale judgment and past experience.

We claim a different perspective and vantage point.

We turn the world on its head.

We question and ponder as we wonder and wander.

Tip:  It’s helpful to have a sprinkling of children around ~ their inherent sense of wonder is contagious.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Living life without curiosity is like trying to go hot air ballooning in a deflated balloon.

Related post: Childhood Encounters (Candid Impressions) * Observing Life With Alert Curiosity


1. Grannymar - June 30, 2013

Maurits Cornelis Escher, I love his way of seeing the world!

I love to go for a walk with a three to five year old and see the world through their eyes. What we take for granted, they see in wonderment. I had visitors from Chicago on Friday and took them to one of my favourite spots. I enjoyed seeing it through their eyes!

nrhatch - June 30, 2013

There is nothing like seeing the world through the eyes of young children ~ bright, alert, curious, and definitely “in the now.”

Glad you enjoyed your visitors.

2. Tammy - June 30, 2013

We get so busy that the awareness just rolls away. That’s one of the main things that I am trying to fix right now.

nrhatch - June 30, 2013

Yes. It’s easy to get caught up in our thoughts and go through life on “auto pilot.” Especially when we’re driving. We find we’ve reached our intended destination with no recall of the journey.

3. Jodi - June 30, 2013

I love Escher, one of the most unique artists out there.

nrhatch - June 30, 2013

His work never ceases to amaze me.

4. smilecalm - June 30, 2013

inspiring encouragement to freshly enjoy the wonders of life in the present moment, thanks!

nrhatch - June 30, 2013

Glad you enjoyed. With a stage name like “smile calm,” you’ve got a built in reminder to be here now. 😉

smilecalm - June 30, 2013

yes, it does keep me in line, along with the mirror at the door to check for smiles before going out in public!

nrhatch - June 30, 2013

That’s a great practice. We feel better when we SMILE. :mrgreen:

5. Waywardspirit - June 30, 2013

When you put it that way
*stays in the now to play*

nrhatch - June 30, 2013

Yay! It’s play time! 😀

6. Andra Watkins - June 30, 2013

I think I spend too much time wandering around sometimes, but it’s the only way to really see.

nrhatch - June 30, 2013

When I’m out and about, I’m relaxed and aware . . . “most of the time.” But when I’m home, I can lose track of day, week, month, and even year. :mrgreen:

7. gita4elamats - June 30, 2013

Yes! (。◕‿◕。)

nrhatch - June 30, 2013

I’ll see your smile and send one straight back. 😎

gita4elamats - June 30, 2013


8. Colonialist - June 30, 2013

We need that badly, now. I have just been through a spell of thinking about how less free, less happy, less healthy and less secure things are today compared with the 50s, 60s and 70s.

nrhatch - June 30, 2013

I’d like to argue with you, by saying, “you’re wrong!” with complete confidence and conviction. But I can’t. (Perhaps we’ve passed the pinnacle and are beginning our descent?)

Then I remind myself that “despair is hidden arrogance -> I have seen the future and it doesn’t work.”

Maybe it will work.
Time will tell.

9. Don - June 30, 2013

Thanks for the pingback Nancy – appreciate it.

nrhatch - June 30, 2013

I loved your post . . . it made me want to blow bubbles! 😀

10. shreejacob - June 30, 2013

A wandering mind that looks at the wonder all around us is such a delightful thing that we all posses but most, like me, have forgotten about! So thank you from reminding us! 🙂

nrhatch - June 30, 2013

Thanks, Shree. Wonder reminds us that Simple Pleasures are Life’s Treasures.

11. ericjbaker - June 30, 2013

Re: your tip.

You never know when you might get hungry, either.


The Wicked Witch.

nrhatch - June 30, 2013

Bwahaha! I hope your volunteers don’t conclude that your editing is WICKED! :mrgreen:

12. Pix Under the Oaks - July 1, 2013

We had a good sprinkling of our great nephew yesterday.. 🙂 Dang he is a cutie!

nrhatch - July 1, 2013

Oh, I bet that was FUN, FUN, FUN. How old is he?

I adore my 10 nieces and nephews (who range in age from 8 to 21), but my favorite “wee ones” are aged 3 – 5 (or thereabouts). They’re walking and talking, but not yet concerned with political correctness. 😛

13. Three Well Beings - July 1, 2013

It’s true about the children! I’ve had my granddaughters at the house for the whole weekend. I slow down, I’m in the moment, and I notice everything differently! I am grateful for what they teach me. I do agree with you that we often just need to shift our perspective! Sometimes I need to do that multiple times in the same situation, but it really does change everything. 🙂

nrhatch - July 1, 2013

YES!!! I love posts featuring your adventures with your adorable granddaughters. Kids keep us timeless (even when they remind us that we are “very old”) . . . and they get so excited by learning new things, or making a pizza, or reading a story. It’s all good!

14. sufilight - July 2, 2013

This is so nice to read! I like to walk up to the playground of a church and watch the children play and explore their surroundings, it brings me back to a sense of wonder and joy. 🙂

nrhatch - July 2, 2013

We went bowling last week and ended up between two lanes of young kids having such FUN rolling the bowl and knocking down the pins. We soaked up all sorts of positive energy from them and left in the best moods.

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