Monday, January 28, 2013

The Beautiful Art in Every Day

Every New Year, I try to think about some way to improve myself. As many of us do, I ponder all sorts of resolutions. The problem with New Year's resolutions is that most of them fall by the wayside within a month or two. So this year, I thought, how about a real easy one! A resolution with little or no real commitment. Something that costs not one red cent. Something that will not deprive me of any pleasure. 

For the year 2013, my resolution is to look up at the sky every day. Go ahead. Laugh. But how often do we look up into the sky? Look at that photograph. Nothing special about the day. Nothing special about the area. Just a beautiful damn sky. In fact, I can't think of anything that could be more gorgeous and there it was, right over my own humble home. 
The Sky

You can try this yourself! Every single day, pause and take a good long look up. Clouds put on a crazy show. And a plain blue sky, one huge swath of blue, it's incredible and serves to show you how little your stupid problems are in the grand scheme of things. It's so relaxing!

Now I could make all sorts of demands on myself. I even thought it would  be a neat idea to take a picture of the sky every day, sort of an art project, something that I could easily fail at. But no. Keep it simple. Just look up. You may surprise yourself by realizing that you don't really look at the sky at all. 

Last week, I came down with a case of the flu and spend most of the week laid out on the sofa under a pile of blankets. Well, there goes the sky, I thought, then had the brilliant idea of opening the curtain! It wasn't easy. And believe it or not, there flew a Bald Eagle right over my house! No doubt about it, the big white head, the huge wing span. 

The beautiful art of every day is right there over your head.


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