Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Looking Up from Under

Take the choice about where we look and what we see. . . .

I used to be ultra-sensitive to a feeling of when I needed to get out from under. Being under was a stifling location, claustrophobic and limiting. As I think on it, those limits were merely my inability to spread my view and take in the beautiful detail of where I was currently standing.

Under can be a learning place and a place to shine so brightly.

From underneath I can see the delicate workings of what holds life together. I can feel the shade of what's above me. I'm sheltered from the rain and the sharp sunlight. I'm gentled by the diffused rays that filter through to fall upon me.

I am more beautiful, softer, and less likely to draw attention . . . people have to want to see me, when I'm under. Then when they do, they see. They see.

I am quietly there and beautiful, looking up from under.


Anna said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you. When I'm this far underneath sometimes I forget to look for the beauty and I forget that it's down here where the lessons are to be learned.

I have been noticing the "delicate workings of what holds life together," but have not seen their beauty, only their frightening fragility. Thanks for the impetus to shift my perspective.

Anonymous said...

It's all in knowing how to see isn't it? You see so beautifully.

ME Strauss said...

Hi Anna,
I'm grateful that you shared your place in time with me. I've been in that fragile, darkness, where I've wondered who I was. Now I'll know to remember to do this too, next time my tired mind wants to take me there.

ME Strauss said...

Hi Easy!
I look. I look and the world shows itself. I look at you and I see every kind word you've said. . . . You are still the one who said them, not me. :)

brad4d said...

. . for me the last word of your piece is "standing."
I observed a new harmony

Dr.John said...

THis is a great way to look at a part of life we all experience. Thnanks

ME Strauss said...

Wow! Brad!
What a great ending.
I really like that.


ME Strauss said...

Hi Dr. John,
I suppose we're all there looking up from under at times. Lucky for us we know how to enjoy the view. :)

Bungi said...

Under is a beautiful place to be in... While we look far out at the beauty, there is also beauty under... In the details, in the minutiae... Happy are those who can drink in both.

Nice post. As usual. :-)

ME Strauss said...

Hi Bungi,
I guess this is a perfect example of "beauty is where you find it." :)

Ron Southern said...

You are, aren't you?!

ME Strauss said...

Mr. Southern!
I so enjoy what you say and see. Thank you. :)

Margaret said...

Almost forgot. I haven't stopped by since Dr. John stopped having blog marathons - but am today to remind everyone:

"Roasting Dr. John Comment-athon".

It's nearing Dr. John's birthday and this year it falls on Thanksgiving! (November 22nd)

Last year we Roasted Dr. John and I've been thinking, what would be the perfect Birthday present for him this year?

COMMENTS!!!! Lots and lots of them! From those he knows, to those he doesn't know. From all over the world and throughout the blogosphere. Let's fill his inbox with Happy Birthdays.

How to do it: Be creative, he loves creativity. Post a blog on his birthday (Thanksgiving 11/22) dedicated to Dr. John and wishing him a Happy Birthday. Make Dr. John your "link of the day" and encourage your Bloggy Buds to stop by and leave him a comment and a Happy Birthday wish.

Perhaps, even getting them to join in on the fun! Create your own Pigeon Falls photoshop as you imagine it, a post on trains, design and describe the perfect fortress or dare to post your entire blog in Finnish.

Leave a linked PS note when you visit other blogs this day to guide peeps over to say Happy Birthday to a super fantastic guy.

Use your imagination and have fun with it. See 'ya next week!