When you are too close to an object, you tend to miss the bigger picture. You might be so eager looking at one part of it, so that you miss the other pieces.
To take something truly in, we are often forced to take a step back.
Once we do, we might not only see more clearly and find details we haven’t looked at before, we may even rediscover some bits we lost along the way. Parts of the picture we haven’t looked at for a long time, because they simply slipped our focus.
I got back into star-gazing at some point in the past two weeks. I hadn’t done it for a while, not this season so far and rarely in the past one. It simply slipped my attention—or rather: my attention was somewhere else.
I wonder: Maybe that’s what happens when a place becomes too familiar. When a place becomes too entangled in habituality and too tightly knotted with the everyday self:
We tend to lose the amazement about a place. Some of its magic quietly disappears. The stars, the sunsets, the stunning views, the mountains, the birds in the garden—they all were there, overwhelmingly, in the beginning, before familiarity and repetition shifted our attention.
When a place becomes too familiar, too intimate, we sometimes lose sight of, we overlook parts of its beauty. We live right next to it, yet we don’t fully appreciate it.
Luckily, from time to time, there are short moments of notice, seconds of seemingly coincidental attention that bring us back to the here and now. A few short seconds that make us realize there is more, there has been more—at some point in our past there has been a fascination, a magic, an excited joy. It’s these few short seconds that have the power to make us look at things again, that have the power to bring us fully back to a place. That make us see its beauty, its magic again.
These few seconds made me look up—and, like this, I was reminded of the stars. I was reminded of the southern hemisphere’s Milky Way spreading out above me, a layer of sparkling dots and formations and shiny white fairy dust. Unpolluted and clear.
Grateful to be back.
When was the last time that you did fully appreciate the magic around? Did you ever notice you had lost sight of the beauty of a place? What did you lose and rediscover? Share in the comments or write me an email, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this! x, Kat
Photo credit: Thank you to unsplash.com and Teddy Kelley for this stunning picture!