Anyone watching me when I’m out walking would wonder at my strangely staccato progress. I’ll quite often stop suddenly, sometimes in mid-stride, and look straight up – or sometimes turn around and look behind me. I can’t even always be sure what makes me do it, but something will have prompted me to, and I have to just stand for a moment, and look. And when I’m looking, I often have to smile to myself when I realise what a slight thing it is that I’m seeing, what an ordinary, commonplace event it is that’s happening – and yet, and yet…..it matters. It may be something as simple as the colour and shape of a cloud. Or the straight white line of a vapour trail cutting across the empty sky and continuing, like a perfectly drawn stroke of white chalk, behind bare twigs and branches.
Paying attention is what mindfulness is all about, but I’m a lot better at doing it in some circumstances than others. I know I’m not always good at listening, and sometimes in a conversation I’ll be thinking about what I’m going to say next instead of simply listening to what the other person is saying.
Since my post on drawing guinea pigs was Freshly Pressed a lot more people have started following this blog, and I want to say welcome to everyone – I’ll be visiting you all too, as soon as I can (the list is a long one and it’s going to take a while) – and thanks to everyone who has left Likes and comments.
I’ve heard a few people say how much they prefer WordPress to Facebook, and although in some ways they can’t be compared because they are so different, I’d have to say that I agree. I really enjoy WordPress. I love it when someone writes carefully, thoughtfully, with something worth saying, and I love it even more when people respond to each other in the same way. A very, very happy new year, to old friends and to new ones.
“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”
Henry David Thoreau