Sometimes we don’t see what is beautiful because it is so familiar. We sometimes tend to take people for granted when we know them very well. We may see their flaws clearly and miss their goodness. This is also true of our experience of the natural world, of the many small miracles of everyday living. Becoming so used to all that is around us and within us, we deprive ourselves of a great opportunity for a more meaningful and enriching life. The wonder and beauty of everyday things becomes commonplace and we lose our sense of surprise.
may I see all things as part of the sacred.
Where in my life do I allow ”familiarity to breed contempt”?
How can I correct this attitude?
Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples.
When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished.
They said, “Where did this man get all this?
What kind of wisdom has been given him?
What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands!
Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary,
and the brother of James and Joseph and Judas and Simon?
And are not his sisters here with us?”
And they took offense at him.
The real voyage of discovery comes not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
Even in the familiar there can be surprise and wonder.
Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.
Make it a habit to tell people thank you. Express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.
The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s appreciation of fundamental things like home, and love, and understanding companionship.
Learn to see and to feel life; that is, cultivate imagination, because there are still marvels in the world, because life is a mystery and always will be. But be aware of it.
Anything looked at closely becomes wonderful.
A. R. Ammons
Admiration and familiarity are strangers.