The Gift of Noticing

October 1, 2009 by  
Filed under Nature Space

Asphalt Flower by Amy Palko on Flickr

I drive my family crazy.

We’ll be out in the car and then, suddenly, I’ll shout the dreaded words, ‘Pull over, pull over pull over!’.  My patient husband does so and I virtually throw myself from the car, run back along the road several metres and there I see it… the most beautiful combination of sky, cloud, sun, horizon.

We’ll be walking from the car park to the theatre for the children’s drama classes, and just as we’re about to cross the road, my family realizes that I’m no longer there.  I’m crouched beside the roadside kerb, gazing at a delicate daisy growing out from a crack in the concrete, it’s very survival belying its apparent fragility.

We’ll be about to sit down for lunch, when my daughter will notice that I’m outside in the garden completely captivated by a rain-drenched spider web.  Its intricate pattern highlighted by the glistening water droplets reflecting the sunbeams that have escaped the rain clouds.

The reason for this is that I’m blessed with the gift of seeing natural beauty.  It doesn’t matter where I am or what I’m doing, beauty stops me in my tracks and I’m incapable of moving forward until my eye has absorbed the detail of a stamen, the shape of a shell, the colour of the changing trees.

The great thing is though, is that this blessing is contagious!  My children all dawdle along now, taking the time to stop and stare.  I can see them connecting with their world, engaging with aesthetics of nature, discovering botanical treasures where others notice nothing at all.

By cultivating this gift, which we all have within us, you not only appreciate the beauty all around you, but you help others to do so as well.

A truly wondrous gift, indeed.


8 Responses to “The Gift of Noticing”
  1. janice says:

    This was beautiful, Karen. It really resonated with me and probably with Amy and all of your other contributors and readers, too. I feel the Calm Space community are probably all life’s ‘noticers’; more than that, we have an overwhelming urge to share and learn from beauty and use its power to connect with others, touch them in that place where their own love of beauty resides.

    Spookily, my kids go to drama classes, too, and one of the classes was near a loch – endless opportunities! You’ll see it when you make your Scottish tour.

  2. janice says:

    PS I’m confused. I followed the link and thought at first this was Amy’s, smiling in recognition of the spider web watching and knowing it was an Amy photo – even wondering if our kids went to the same drama classes – then I saw “written by Karen Wallace” and simply thought of how much the two of you have in common. Please let me know so I can make amends.

  3. karen says:

    Alrighty, this is a big Oooops on my part – and when I saw your first comment, Janice, I realised I’d forgotten to change the author to Amy! This is most definitely Amy speaking, although my Serenity Space is spookily similar in vein this month…

    Thanks for working that out Janice, and yes, we all do have so much in common!

  4. You have a real gift for vision and imagery. I can still bring up photos you’ve taken in my mind – they are that gorgeous. I’m so glad you have the gift and are willing to share it.

  5. @GotPassport says:

    Amy, I love this post. It reminds me of myself and my mother. My mother will recognize trees, plants, shrubs, anything that grows out of the ground and has to stop and admire it. Me on the other hand, love travel.. anything with geography and landmarks architecture, nature, trails– all get my attention to photograph it a million times. It’s not an gift I guess, but a passion. For my mom she’s a true green thumb and she has a gift.

    thanks for sharing you gift with the rest of us. I enjoy your tweets, posts and your photos.

    take care!