Looking

I have walked past this tree hundreds of times on  my way to and from work, and I’ve never looked at it.

20170331 Tree in St David's Park 2 IG

Today I was in a go-slow mode and it caught my eye.

I noticed how it wraps around itself, whereas the surrounding trees are straight up and down. I had no idea that trees can be structured so differently. I always thought a tree was a tree was a tree.

It made me wonder how many other things I walk past without ever noticing them or looking at them.

I want to notice things. I want to pay more attention.

While I was walking with Kramstable to school this morning, some workers were in the process of cutting down a very large tree on a street corner. By the time we walked past that corner this afternoon, all evidence of the tree’s existence had gone, apart from the wood chipper and the roadworks signs. Looking across the road, it looked empty, and not quite right, but I couldn’t tell you what sort of tree it was, how big it was or anything about it, or even that there had actually been a tree there. Just that something was missing.

If we hadn’t walked that way this morning and I hadn’t seen the tree being removed, I wonder if I would have even noticed it had gone the next time I went past.

That scares me.

I want to notice things. I want to pay more attention.

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3 thoughts on “Looking

  1. I love this. I’m reading The Artist’s Way and there’s a great section on paying attention. It really spoke to me about slowing down, being present, and looking.
    Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your yours!

    • Thanks Ali. I have that book & have started to work through it several times, but the morning pages were my undoing every time. I think I remember her saying that resistance is a clue that it’s something you need to do – but I really hated doing them & couldn’t force myself to keep going!

      • I’ve always used my journaling on a needs basis. It is different doing it on a must-do basis. I’ll be interested to see how long I can stick with it. Fingers crossed!

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