Yesterday as I was coming down the driveway to my garden I turned the corner and suddenly I saw the deck and back of my house from a different angle…from the perspective of the roses growing perpendicular to the house.
It was so pretty I ran to get my IPhone and discovered another angle while sitting on the back garden bench listening to the fountain. Both were beautiful but I had never noticed either one because I never took the time to detour off the expected path.
The sun was hitting one of the Japanese maples and blowing its leaves-I leaned into the maple, peering through the leaves and took a picture of part of the garden and back of the house! Again I was thrilled with the discovery- how changing one angle in life can produce such marvelous results!
Vickie came over yesterday to help me with another little fun garden project… I was sharing with her how I discovered new images of the garden and house by simply looking at things from a different angle. She said it was strange I mentioned that particular observation because she noticed her house from a different angle (for the first time) when she finished watering in my backyard (the week I was at Edisto) and started back across the street.
It is a funny feeling…like being able to see ourselves from outside in…the way other people see us, our homes…our lives.
Here is the picture Vickie took of her home (as seen by me and other neighbors!) A real gem! She caught the photo when the sun was just right…casting beautiful shadows on the house!
In my own writings, I have noticed that I am more successful in sharing my thoughts if I do it by putting my own angle on the story. All it takes (for an idea to blossom) is a glimpse of something different, a comment or commercial on television, a passage from a book I am reading… and I am off and running.
I agree with author Ray Bradbury that waiting for one’s muse to appear in order to write is a lesson in futility. The reason being: Your muse is your entire complete being- it is simply you.
“When people ask me where I get my ideas, I laugh. How strange—we’re so busy looking out, to find ways and means, we forget to look in.” – Ray Bradbury
Writing is simply looking within ourselves and sharing the world through our own unique lenses. Nobody else can tell the same story because everybody sees everything differently. It is what makes the world adventuresome and exciting. God didn’t make a single one of us exactly the same. That, in a nutshell, is the wonder and marvel of life.
“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh
Don’t forget: Drop-in – Tomorrow from 4-7. Anne Peterson and friends’ annual art exhibit! Walnut Farms 131 Scalybark Road. Summerville.