Have you ever looked at something for so long that you are no longer able to see it in a fresh, new light? I have. One of my friends recently commented on a wall hanging that I had posted on a community swap page. I couldn’t figure out why it was garnering so much attention. I mean it was a distressed piece of wood with three large crystal knobs screwed into it. I guess the three decorative panels between the knobs were attractive. Let’s get back to my friend. I still remember the first thing she did when she came over to pick it up. She flipped it over and said, “Great. I’ll pop these panels out and put family photos in their place.” Genius. Why didn’t I think of that? And oh by the way, sorry for the drive over here but maybe I’ll just keep it!
Unfortunately, some of my relationships have not gone unscathed from a similar scene. You know what I’m talking about. Take for example a friend that you’ve hung out with for God knows how many years and she’s a good friend and all, but nothing spectacular jumps out at you when you are around her. Then someone new joins the group and she is just amazed at how funny your friend is and she can’t get enough of her stories. Really?
Sometimes I just have to take a small step back or not even take a step. Standing still and breathing in simple nuances works too.
It’s funny how a fresh perspective can pop up from the most unassuming places. Sometimes, it’s been staring me in the face all along.