At first I felt awkward going on some of my outdoor adventures on my own. I realized, however, that if I approached it a bit differently I could greatly improve the experience. I decided to make others part of the adventure through my lens. This was actually a huge and successful pivot.
Now as I go on my outdoor adventures, instead of turning away when others appear I look toward them and pause. I see how the light may be capturing their silhouette, if their reflection appears in the water or if the clothes their wearing complements the surroundings.
I admire the families teaching their children about nature or the many other individuals enjoying it.
I also love seeing the innocence of a child. To see the pride in their manner when they accomplish something or the love in their eyes when you appreciate them. I find these basic responses are similar for an adult yet somehow the parallelism is overlooked.
You see pride in an adult’s manner when they accomplish something and love in those adult eyes when you appreciate them. So why do many not respond to adults in the same way?
One day I met a recovering alcoholic who proudly shared his recovery with me. The sunrise that morning created the image of an angel as it rose behind the lighthouse as it was partially covered by clouds. We watched in awe and I turned to him and acknowledged his accomplishment once again sharing how hard that must have been and how I wished to recognize that strength in him. He smiled from ear to ear and was clearly touched.
What I used to shy away from as it troubled me now engages me. It has opened up new perspectives and brief yet encouraging encounters. Pivot your situation and pause and you too may find and benefit from the modified perspective.
The trees may start dancing for you too.
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