(Extra)ordinary

A thing of beauty is a joy forever…

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
The more often we see the things around us – even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds – even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.

Take for example this little leaf I picked up outside my kitchen windowsill, it had been blown away by the wind and accidentally landed there. I was eating my breakfast and I could not take my eyes off it. The way the lights bounce on its surface, the intensity of colors, the complexity of the veins running through it, the playing of highlights and shadows… simply amazing.

I even took it outside and let it swim… It looked like a turtle paddling to the shore. Awesome!

36 thoughts on “(Extra)ordinary”

      1. I really think it wasn’t too bad that we learnt things by heart in our school days. You can draw from it many years after

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      2. Agree. My mother used to give me 12 stanza poems and sent me to wash the dishes. By the time I finished with the task, I had to memorized already the whole thing and recite it in front of her.
        I remember she tied me around the foot of a dining table whole night without supper simply because I couldn’t recite Our Father the prayer in English.

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      1. Great! I just liked the concept of this very much. One small thing floating down among hundreds of similar ones, and that is the one you picked. Just beautiful

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      2. No, don’t stop! I need observations like this in my life. I so seldom take the time to even think about things like this. Even camping last week, I appreciated the cool air and the sounds of nature, acorns falling, leaves whirling around. But I don’t think small scale like that

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      3. Perhaps you ought to try it, but then again, it will not be spontaneous and it will not be the same.

        I find “No, don’t stop!” a very sexy phrase. Imagine you see someone stabbing somebody (I prefer Sally-like woman) she’s bathes in blood, stabbing passionately and then stops when she sees you and you say: No, don’t stop! Kind of erotic, don’t you think so. Don’t mind me it’s nighttime again.

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      4. Not spontaneous your right, but it helps to think about being spontaneous. As to the phrase I think you are right it is erotic in its own way. It’s kind of primal

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  1. Your photos of the leaf are beautiful. I mean, yay for the leaf, too. Every year, I look down to see a red leaf, telling me that fall is arriving. Since I’m usually on my way to the car, I take the leaf and put it on the dash to remind of the season. There’s a leaf there now. There is beauty all around and under, over, and through. What it is is not cosmetic. It’s authentic and might pass at first as ordinary. But it’s out of as it’s in the ordinary that beauty is crafted or simply rises. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. They’re deep, as colorful as leaves, and a treat to contemplate.

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