Sunday, 27 April 2014

Sunday Thoughts

Looking out the window all I see is a cloudy sky and swaying leaves. If I sit upright, I might be able to just catch the tops of the neighbouring houses. Just.

If I turn away from the window, I can see so much more. I can see the blanket covering my feet, warming my toes. I can see the dust forming in the corners where the walls meet the floor. I can see the faint smoke patterns arise from the candle on the mantle piece and I can notice how it dances and forms shadows upon the wall. I can hear the dog breathing as he sleeps and I can feel my body sink into the curves of the bed.

I can't see much on the outside of the window, but inside I see everything. The picture is so much clearer.

I feel that I, and maybe you too, look outside the window too often as we live our lives. We go by our days trying to figure out what is to come and what is beyond the window frame. The thing is, we will never know. We will never be able to see the whole scene.

What we do have is the now. The room we are in. If we turned away from the window for just a moment we can see that there is a whole room to be explored and loved. We have so much to work with and control and with these things we can practise contentment.

Looking out that window can be an anxious and daunting task. Not knowing what is out there, imagining the troubles that are to come, or even dreaming about the good things to be shared, can sometimes be unhelpful. I feel that if we focus less on what is to come and more on what is here and now, we can gracefully transition into our future. We can enjoy the room we are in and take steps to walk out the door and into the outside world rather than just merely looking at a fragment of it through a glass pane.

Take a look at the room around you. Whether it is the physical room, or the metaphorical room of your present life, what do you see?

24 comments:

  1. Such a lovely post! I have a tendency as well to focus on what's "outside" the window as opposed my lofe right now as it is.

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  2. Sam, you have such a way with words. I love this. It resonates so true to my life right now.

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  3. I needed this today. I am trying so hard to get ahead and be prepared that I'm not giving time to the room I'm in now.

    Lovely post,
    Love you girly xx

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  4. ...my room is a hot mess. but that was beautifully put as always! you are such a good writer, i envy.

    =)

    xoxo

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  5. How I resonate this lovely post! The photo is beautiful as well! I know how often I peek over the windows, dreaming somewhere wide and endless, full of colors and happening! then from one look to another this limited space called room, of faded colors and of dull life, suddenly resentment sprouts from my mind!! I guess, we must accept today to truly enjoy future :)

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  6. Ohhhhhh myyyy goodness. I needed this, Samantha. My soul needed this. Your writing is beautiful and brimming with truth. Contentment is such a secret key to life. It's something I often struggle with because I think about what's *going to happen* so much, rather than just slowing down and focusing on the now and what I can do with it, and the opportunities that await me right here in *this* room. That is a brilliant analogy. Thank you for writing this!

    Kate

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    1. I'm just glad my words can resonate with someone else. I struggle with this too. It's hard. I have these big dreams and goals for my life but I think I have spent the last year waiting for my life to start when in fact I just waisted said year doing nothing but waiting. I have to realise that my life has already begun and I cant keep waiting, I have to get doing.

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  7. You have a way with sheer observation, as well as words. I'm sure you have heard that many times, but it has to be said over and over. An amazing trait to have, Sam. :) x

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  8. You write so beautifully Samantha - sitting here in awe...

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  9. This was lovely to read - thank you :) Your blog is beautiful. This resonates with me at this point in time - I feel I am trapped in my room and I desperately want to escape - my room being the world of work and financial responsibilities versus my dream to live freely and creatively, free of unwanted obligations. This was a nice post to remember to be grateful for the joys I do have and how fortunate I am to be able to provide for my family xox

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    1. Dreams are so lovely but for me I fear my dreams are stopping me from living the life I have now. Thank you for your honest and sweet comment

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  10. Beautiful. Such a lovely read and somewhat comforting. It's as though you knew I needed some sort of comfort and granted me this post. I love it. :)

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  11. This is perfection. love all of your posts!

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  12. So beautifully put. I like your room!

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    1. I wish it was my room but I was housesitting. How beautiful is it!

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  13. We do need to focus more on what we have. I try to be conscious of that too but sometimes you end up taking things for granted. Sometimes you can get so caught up on achieving your next goal that everything else falls by the wayside. Great thoughts!

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    1. Don't be too hard on yourself. We are all guilty of this. I feel it has become a part of human nature

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  14. so incredibly beautiful, dear friend. i love this.

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  15. i love this so much. You're and incredible writer/thinker. I find myself doing this often. Or missing things before they're even gone. Thanks for this post, truly.

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  16. I am in love with your blog, you inspire me :) I followed you! where did you get your theme? It is lovely! x

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    1. Thank you so much Nathalie! I actually made it myself by just tweaking things in blogger. It was a little bit confusing but once you understand basic HTML it is pretty straight forward.

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