Tuesday, February 10, 2015

What you look at....

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
Henry David Thoreau

     The top photo was taken near the entrance to our neighborhood a few days ago.  The bottom one was taken looking out of my front door ---  also a few days ago.  As you can see I do not live in a metropolis!   I love our quiet neighborhood and our relatively small town.   When I walk "around our loop" there is always something beautiful  or interesting to discover.  Soon it will be the first buttercups to bloom!!!  Sometimes it is our neighborhood deer --- it is really their neighborhood --- they are just kind enough to share it with us.  In September it will be the exciting first leaves of fall!!!  My favorite!

     When I go to market in Atlanta this is what I see:


      At least these are the buildings I see.   But they are filled with ideas, colors, textures, artists, designers, and of course, salespeople!   There are also workers in restaurants, hotels, and policemen and taxi drivers --- the thousands of people who keep a city running.    And then there are the mart employees whose sole  job is to open the doors for us, help us with our packages and greet us as we enter and bid us goodnight when we leave.   These are my favorite people.  To me for a few days twice a year these greeters are the face of Atlanta.  Really, you could say  their soul job is to greet us because that is what it feels like to me.

     I described to you in my last entry that this trip to market was a particularly challenging one but it was also fruitful and energizing.   However, so many ideas and wishes for the store start whirling around in my head that it is easy to lose focus and become rather unsettled.  But, then I can go across an eighteen story cross-walk and look out the window and just  take a moment.  Just take a moment to reflect, be thankful, and look around with eyes that are eager to see. 

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