Sometimes as I go about my day, my senses are suddenly heightened to a particular aspect of my environment. Today it happened as I went to dip a piece of bread in a mixture of balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
I froze in the moment before dipping the bread. The strong contrast in colour between the bright yellow of the oil and the darkest of purples suspended within it caught me.
I felt the vibrancy of the yellow and the depth of the purple. I was drawn into an altered perception of something so simple as bread dip.
And so, the day became about colour. I decided to take in the world around me primarily through colour, and leave the tasks and interpersonal dynamics in the background of my mind- the opposite of my usual.
Colours seemed to leap toward me- echoes of green in clothing, carpeting, and furniture standing at attention all at once.
I noticed how constantly vibrant the world around me is, with the tiniest specs of colour lighting up around me.
The next time I get caught up in tasks and dynamics, I hope I remember to switch lenses and see the world around me from a different point of view.
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The theme for this week is about finding one different perspective on something in my life every day.
501 places to go
501 verbs to conjugate
501 world’s funniest jokes
What’s with the ‘501’ series of books that give you so many options? What if I only want one recipe and only one verb?
Let’s say I’m trying to simplify my life, not get muddled with so many choices. How are those books going to help me then?
Or, let’s say I believe in saying what I mean, being direct, making my point clear. “I’m sorry” means “I’m sorry.” Why do I have to try to say it without saying it 501 different ways? Why not just say it?
I want to write a book someday. I’ll call it ‘One Thing’. And it’ll be just about one thing. All one page of it.
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