Tuesday, February 21, 2017

To See with Fresh Eyes

In still moments by the sea, life seems large-drawn and simple. It is there we can see into ourselves. ~ Rolf Edberg

“What would you think about taking a long weekend trip to Costa Rica for our anniversary?”  This was my husband’s question to me several weeks ago.  At the time, I was knee deep in taking down the decorations and getting the house back together after the holidays so I didn’t give it too much thought…I responded with, “Sure, dear, that sounds wonderful!”

As our trip got closer though, I got more and more excited. And as I expected, it was a perfect weekend in every way. Time alone with my husband. A beautiful resort located by the beach. Warm and sunny weather. A relaxed atmosphere. But what I didn’t expect was how much I would appreciate this time away…how much I needed this time away.

I have always maintained that there is beauty and magic and joy to found in my ordinary life. It’s the driving force behind all of my creative pursuits.  And I still stand behind that statement wholeheartedly. But to be honest, lately it has been a struggle. I have been struggling. It feels like real life has been chipping away at my soul and clouded my vision.

This is why I think it was so refreshing to get away for a few days. To allow for some time and space from the routines and responsibilities of everyday life. To allow for some perspective.  To see things differently.

To see with fresh eyes.

This is what photographers do.  And in my own experience, everything good in my life has been a result of seeing things differently.  It was the answer to my identity/mid-life crisis.  It was the new-found abundance in my empty nest.  For me, this ability to see life differently has been the greatest gift of my journey in photography.

Thanks to our time away, I was able to see my present circumstances with fresh eyes.  But whereas in the past, the hope and encouragement came with seeing how things could be, this time, the comfort and peace came with seeing things as they truly are.

I don’t want to leave you with the impression that this is a negative thing, because the truth of the matter is that I feel quite liberated.  It has allowed me to identify some specific actions which have already helped bring some quieting to my emotions.  The other areas of my life which are causing me some anxiety…well, it’s not as simple.  But because I am now able to see more clearly, I am resolved.  I am at peace.  And I am grateful. 

Until next time,



Carol said...

What an honest post. I am right there with you. Sometimes it's like the old saying " it's hard to see the forest for the trees." If you back away and take a breath, you can find peace or inspiration. I needed to be reminded . Thank you.

AFishGirl said...

You are a treasure. You are. Your honesty, your seeking, your seeing, your bravery. There is only one Kelly. And man oh man, I am grateful to read her words. I tip my hat to you, dear friend.

terriporter said...

I think we all get caught up in our daily lives and struggles and forget how much good it does us to just get away and breathe. Seeing new sights, eating new foods, taking photographs of new things -- all serve to help us expand our horizons and see things differently. For me, I need that escape on a regular basis, even if it's just right in my home town but a different place that I haven't been before. Love how your post reminds me of that fact. I will second what Pam said: there is only one Kelly! And aren't we lucky that she is ours!

heyjudephotography said...

Stepping away from our thoughts and struggles does seem to bring clarity, doesn't it? I am glad you had this special time away to see things more clearly. Love to you my friend.

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