Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Symmetry and Focus

For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible.  -Lewis Carrol

I believe that there is balance in the universe.  Breathe in, breathe out.  Awake, asleep.  I believe that if something bad happens to us, then something good will eventually follow.  A simple, yet complex system, set in place to help revive our confidence in life.

I found this fallen bed of bougainvillea leaves blanketing the ground in a corner of our front yard.  Nestled quietly amongst the vibrant castaways, was a single soft yellow petal which had fallen off of a nearby rosebush.  At first, I didn't notice the lone rose petal because I was overwhelmed by the mass of bougainvillea leaves that had settled in such a concentrated way.  The shear volume and color of the leaves demanded my immediate attention and I could focus on nothing else.  After a few moments, I noticed that there was more to see, and my eyes settled on the lone rose petal.  A subtle diversion from the immediately obvious.

I thought about all of the events which had occurred in my life during the past several months.  I reminded myself that if I chose to focus only on the overwhelmingly demanding situations which had taken place, without giving myself the gift of looking somewhere else every once in a while, that I would miss out on the balance in my life.  Sometimes balance means searching for the glimmer.  The single whisper of a reminder that let's us know there is still harmony in our lives.

Very few things are really impossible.  We can survive the worst, knowing that the best is always yet to come.  Sometimes, when our lives seem out of sorts, we must search for the good within the difficult so that we can keep the scales from dipping too far down into the negative.

Wherever you are in your life right now, and whatever you are going through, my wish for you is that you are still able to take notice of the good that exists.  Balance is what keeps us from diving too deeply into the sad, or bad, or impossibly overwhelming times in our lives.  My prayer is that you will be able to find the light among the dark, the smile beyond the tears and the possible within the seemingly impossible.  Namaste.


Cucina Cara Mia said...

You always have the most awesome posts with incredible insight. Have you thought about writing a book??? The good does always come after the bad in life. Its a roller coaster ride we live, and sometimes when we are going through the down parts of the ride we forget that we will be on top again. I hope that you continue with such an optomistic way of looking at things. It helps me!

Catherine Holman said...

Your post was as lovely as the petals on the ground!

Ness said...

Roller coaster rides and balance. How much I have learned from them as well as your posts that have a way of soothing the turmoil inside of me that Life 101 can be. I can tell from your writing that you are a mom because the analogies you use are ones that spring into us as we are raising a child. Children are spontaneous and their world is forever new and changing. I find/found myself reaching deep inside to answer, explain and help them cope with all that came into their world, and I did it on the fly. Thank you for taking the time and effort to share the words inside you. I am so blessed to know you. Love, Ness

Laura ~Peach~ said...

Rollercoasters are so exciting and fun and scarey and thrilling and terrifying and so like life~
I love your posts and insites.
Love n hugs Laura

Coffee Bean said...

Another life giving... You are such a gifted encourager. God Bless!

pattie said...

Holding myself ever in the present I am aware of the balance of my life also...The yin and yang...the up and down...the in and out..the smile and tears...All helping to form the true ME....
Wonderful post....Spoken from your heart...Thank you...
Artfully Yours,

mermaid musings said...

Indeed! yes to love and light, and trust and faith!!!
Have a wonderful weekend sweet four Angels momma woman!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

It is so easy to focus only on one perspective in life, thanks for the sweet and gentle reminder to cherish all that is right and good in our life too!

YOU, Debbie, are one of those shining lights for me! You never fail to inspire.


Laura said...

It is so easy to get caught up in the mishugas and miss the small but amazing marvels. They are always there just waiting for us to re-adjust our focus and take another look. Is it ok if I add you as a link to my blog?

Kari & Kijsa said...

What an incredible post! We love the quote and the wonderful words!

Have a blessed weekend!

smiles, kari & kijsa

Cheryl Finley: said...

Oh dear Debra,
Wow! Your words and wisdom and generous spirit are a balm for me right now. Not that anything was "wrong" but I breathed a sigh of relief after reading this, so you hit on some pent-up energy I didn't know I had. And you are so right, we want to be mindful of the wondrous blessings that seek us and find us, even in the midst of seeming unrest. Yep, the single white rose petal amidst the brilliant color - just enough to teach us a lesson thru you.

Thank you for helping me shift back to where I belong, where my being is best. And, thank you for your presence at my blog. You always bring a smile to my face.

I hope you enjoyed your time out today with your loved ones. And, glad that no matter what you/we pay attention to Nature's promptings for gratitude.

Godspeed to you my dear.
Keep shinin' that light...
: ) Cheryl

Irene Latham said...

Hi Deb - LOVE the Alice quote. I also love this one: "Dwell in possibility." I'll be in touch via email... just back in town. Also, I am reading WICKED, because of your earlier post about relating to Elphalba. Thanks! xxoo

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