seeing with new eyes

The phrase “seeing with new eyes” comes to me as we approach the month of May, delighting in the height of spring — this overflowing, verdant time of opening, ripening, flowering; greens that burst on the scene in many shades and shapes; animals singing and frolicking; days longer and warmer, things to feel, smell, sense, walk on and in!  There is so much vitality, and really invites seeing with new eyes!  

I am reminded of the inspiration in part from a time when two exchange students visited us, one from Germany, one from Spain.  It was heart opening, and a quite startling to see some of our familiar sites through their new eyes: the opening of the leaves of the Copper Beach; the, to me not so appealing, modern exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery; seagulls on our balcony railing;  our Stanley Park Sea Wall… and more.  

Marcel Proust was another inspiration. He said, “The real voyage of consists lies not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes”.  Hearing and sharing the students’ excitement, their observations, interest in the familiar landscapes, was indeed like having new eyes. 

Where and how do you experience the newness of life, its gifts and manifestations, so much it feels like having new eyes? If not ofter, you might try it this spring. It’s eye opening 🙂

I wish you a blessed May Day, full coming of Spring.  May you ride the ups and downs of world events, of your own lives, with grace and gratitude, as well as action and fortitude.  May your eyes be opened to see the world, your life and beyond, with new eyes, and an open heart.

Jill Schroder is the author of BECOMING: Journeying Toward Authenticity.  BECOMING is an invitation for self-reflection, and to mine our memorable moments for insights, meaning, and growth.  Check the website for a sample chapter, or see the reviews to get a flavor for the volume.  Your feedback, forwards, tweets, likes are most welcome. We’re in this together 🙂

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