The autumn is settling in here in our home in Northeastern Pennsylvania. There is a chill in the air that lingers past noon; and then the warmth of the sun penetrates the cold and fills me up. I love being outdoors much of the time, but Fall is one of my favorite times. An extra layer, a hat, and feeling cozy. I really enjoy and appreciate the change of the season.
I have been appreciating a lot of change in my life lately. As a writer, and as a lover of other people’s writing, I would often, in the past, want my writing to primarily be relatable to others, and so would be what I would write. I would also relate closely to what others would writer, so when I read other writers’ blogs, I would tend to follow the ones that spoke to me in some direct way, either through their experiences, or feelings about those experiences. Reminding me of something in my own life, perhaps.
Yet lately, I have been sensing a change, a change in perspective, over the last couple of weeks in particular. As I have been appreciating and embracing my own, unique writer’s voice more deeply, I have had a more genuine appreciation for all of the unique writers’ voices that I have been reading. I have expanded my willingness to see life from a variety of perspectives. This has opened up to me to the realization, thank goodness, of every person’s story being of worth and purpose. It has reminded me that it is always refreshing, and fun, to see things from a new perspective.
I’ve been so afraid of that in my life at times, to see a different point of view. I mean, if I look at the world in a different way than I have before, won’t something go wrong? Doesn’t that dismiss anything that I have believed before? I understand now that the answers to my fearful questions is no, and that I am ready to appreciate, and celebrate, all of the unique manifestations of our Universal selves, in all their varied forms. And, looking at something from a different perspective isn’t a dismissal of what I already know, nor does it threaten it in any way. It is just different, plain and simple.
I headed out with my camera yesterday, my other, brilliant instrument of expression, and instead of viewing my world only horizontally, I looked up. What a brilliant, amazing new perspective! And, what beauty was waiting there for me. I only ever need to look at the world, just a bit differently, just change my view ever so slightly, to see the awe and wonder that lives there. It is astounding.