A few weeks ago
My friend Debra came for a visit.
This is not unusual.
She comes often.
Usually we have an agenda.
But this time we had a few unscheduled hours.
And she wanted to take pictures in the garden.
Now, you need to know that Debra loves photography
And…she’s very good at it.
You can easily tell which pictures are hers
And which are mine.
Her avocation photography
Connects to her vocation mammography.
She is trained to see detail.
To look for the smallest speck on a mammogram.
When she finds them.
And unfortunately she finds many.
It’s life altering.
For her patients…for her.
So seeing my garden through her eyes
Makes me see it differently.
In more detail.
To relish the small things.
The accidents of nature
The purposefulness of it all.
Now that I’m into my 6th decade
I’m making a conscious effort
To broaden my view.
Not to get stuck where I’ve always been.
To look at things differently.
To value what I’ve known.
But keep looking forward.
To see my world through a new lens.
Through someone else’s lens.
These past few years have been a constant awakening.
In many aspects of life.
I know where I’m anchored.
Where I really began to learn this
Was in my garden.
P.S. You, too, Debra.