Doing Less to Experience More

I honestly thought I was present in my life.  That is, until I tried to paint Bella Bird, my parakeet, from memory.  Bella came to me months ago purely by coincidence… a lost turquoise blue bird set in the emerald green grass far from any house.  I have no idea how she got there but I adopted her & have loved her ever since.  She’s bright blue with white & black feathers down her back and a white breast with little royal blue & black dots like a necklace around her neck.  Beautiful!

What does this have to do with being present?  Well, I sketched her one evening & decided to take the sketch to work, where I would add color to it during lunch.  I sat with watercolor pencils, a fine tip black marker, & a few brushes, confidently adding the turquoise blue to her feathers as well as other details.  When I took the finished sketch home & held it up near Bella, I had her coloring completely reversed, white where blue should be & vice versa!  How did I not see her when every day she sets on my finger about 3 inches from my face?!

How many times is life like that?  We get so busy with our lists, errands, & so-called commitments that we don’t truly experience our own lives.  I’m obviously doing too many things if I can’t take time to see the world around me.  I’d like to pare down life to the essentials– loved ones, nature, art, & my spirituality.  I want to see.  I want to be present in my own life.

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One thought on “Doing Less to Experience More

  1. hi there, thanks for you lovely comments over at my blog 🙂 When i read this:

    “How many times is life like that? We get so busy with our lists, errands, & so-called commitments that we don’t truly experience our own lives. I’m obviously doing too many things if I can’t take time to see the world around me. I’d like to pare down life to the essentials– loved ones, nature, art, & my spirituality. I want to see. I want to be present in my own life.”

    I could have, and actually think i have, written that myself somewhere. The ‘now’ is so important huh, without distractions. REALLY enjoying your blog, relate to so much on so many levels. thankyou. Reina.x

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