September 25th, 2012
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Photo By Patti Raab
Have you ever been sitting in your car at a traffic light waiting for the light to turn and you look out the window and see something that’s probably been there for months but right at that moment it’s as if you are seeing it for the first time?
Why haven’t I noticed that building before?  Are those new plants?  How long has that bench been there?
When you slow down or stop the usual routine of what you are doing, it can give you an opportunity to really see the world around you and notice the beauty of your environment.  In other words, observing the beauty in your life with a fresh eye can give you a fresh perspective.
A few days ago, I had been sitting at my desk working on my computer for way too long (as usual) and decided enough was enough and it was time to take a break.  Instead of walking around the office, I broke my routine and went outside and walked a number of blocks in direction I don’t usually go.  I stood on the sidewalk and looked up at the sky and took a deep breath then I slowly walked back, taking notice of the buildings, the plants, people, just life itself and how it was all wonderously happening.
The warmth of the sun felt great on my body and just getting out and moving around gave me a positive perspective on the rest of the day.  It was just enough of break to shake off some stress and feel renewed.
I constantly remind myself that I have control over my perspective about life.  Some days it is not always easy to find the wonder of being, but it is there for us to discover.  I think there is a lot of truth in the following quote which I found on the always resourceful website, The Silver Pen (
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