Monday, January 13, 2014

Seeing the Beauty all Around You...


"The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things." - Henry Ward Beecher

I took the picture above during a summer morning as the sun rose - filling the office with a beautiful explosion of light. The way the light moved beautifully through the blinds captivated me. It was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.

One thing I have always tried to do over the course of my life is to see the beauty in the everyday little things. Those little things that we tend to take for granted. From the sounds of the birds singing when the sun rises, to the way the raindrops form on the windows over the course of a rainy Sunday afternoon, to the way the light shining through the blinds can cause the most amazing reflections throughout a room, there is beauty everywhere.

I truly believe that one of the keys to a happy life is taking notice of these little things. And I truly do believe it's something that we can teach ourselves to do, rather than something that is strictly inherent in some individuals and absent and others.

Just take a minute to think of some of the beautiful things that you see every single day that you may completely take for granted. Take the time to watch a sunrise or a sunset. Start focusing on some of those things, even if it's just for five minutes at a time. You very well might change the way you look at life completely.

Do you take the time to notice the beauty all around you?

149 comments:

  1. i usually do. sometimes just looking at blooming flowers can make me smile all day long that people think i'm love-struck. the truth is, yes. i'm in love with the world too.

    p.s : i really love this picture

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  2. That is an amazing photo.
    My wife is really good at noticing the small stuff.

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  3. I always take time to see the beauty in everything .. having a daughter that has had 17 surgeries and the looks that people give her after her surgeries ... ohhhhh yeah, I always look for the beauty :)

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  4. Love this photo. I usually do notice a lot of beauty in everyday life. One of my son's friends just commented the other day how I notice such little things and she loves it. It really made me feel good.:) I tend to point beauty out, even to strangers sometimes. :)
    Wonderful way to start my Monday, thank you. :)

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  5. Agreeing 100%, and that is a fabulous picture that you took!

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  6. some days it is a discipline you know....but i try...i am sure i miss more than i catch...i like to find the beauty in little things that are often overlooked.....

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  7. I always do. Especially since moving to Kentucky. People look at me like I'm crazy when they come visit (it's pretty rural around here), but I think it's just so beautiful where I'm living!

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  8. I totally and absolutely agree with you, Keith! Once you begin to spot the wonder and the beauty you can find it most places - it just needs a little time. I love also to savour those feelings that beauty gives - it is important sustenance! :)

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  9. Love the Beecher quote! I do make an effort to find beauty in the smaller moments. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Thanks for this reminder! :)

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  10. You have a nice office, Keith. The light and shadows made some interesting patterns on the wall. Yes, I notice the little things. Beauty is all around us for sure :)

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  11. I think one of the reasons I'm so passionate about photography is because you can capture the little things with your camera lens. The only reason I ever wanted an iphone was so that I could take photos with it and join Instagram. hahaha With each day, I become more aware of how valuable time and life is. You have to stop and enjoy the little things!!!

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  12. i believe... all the little things are much greater when emphasized :) ... that photo is mesmerizing.

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  13. A beautiful picture, and a terrific way to look at life. I love to find often unnoticed beauty. It just makes it all the sweeter.

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  14. I sure do...and get the strangest looks for it sometimes lol.

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  15. That is one unique picture. You spotted the beauty immediately. I'm about to go and see the beauty in a fried egg and a piece of toast. Breakfast time. Haha

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  16. I love your photo Keith. You have captured a wondrous moment.
    When you find God in everything you find beauty everywhere, even in the tiniest thing that our eyes can see.
    Have beautiful day and God bless.
    JB

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  17. That is a cool photo. I do try to stop and appreciate the beauty in life - more so as I've gotten older, I think. Watching my kids grow into adults, and realizing how quickly time slips by has made me want to savor things more. Have a wonderful week!

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  18. I do take the time. That is some picture, so beautiful.

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  19. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I believe that. We find what we are seeking and beauty is everywhere if we want to see it.

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  20. Lovely photo!

    One of favorite times of day is when the western sun shines through my window.

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  21. Great quote! I do this all the time. But I'm a thankful person. And the small things in life make me happy.

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  22. Exactly Keith! Taking the time is the key to notice the beauty all around us. Unfortunately most of the time we are going to 'fast' to notice we need to slow down! I love that shot you took!

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  23. I can say I definitely take the time to notice the beauty around me. .I'm a big fan of natural beauty but there's still beauty in a man made metropolis. Heh, alliteration. There's definitely beauty in alliteration.

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  24. Oh, Keith, that photo is exquisite so I can only imagine how beautiful it was in person. It's so hard to capture those beautiful moments. When I was in South Africa, I stood for 15 minutes taking pictures of the setting sun, trying to capture how it kept changing. You are so right, life is all about the beautiful moments.

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  25. I do the same thing. I find so much beauty in nature and art and poetry and children's laughter... The list goes on and on. These things are life. :)

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  26. Yes...I love doing that...even the things I find initially repugnant!
    There is always beauty within. It is just a case of looking for it! :)

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  27. Great shot, yeah we just have to stop and look sometimes. But no matter how much I look, there is no beauty in the litterbox lol

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  28. absolutely. the little things fill the hours, days, make a life.

    blogging has helped many stop and 'see' things they would have otherwise missed or passed over.

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  29. We were able to capture this morning's sunrise on the iPod camera! It was gorgeous! The golden appearance it gave the trees across the street gave the impression they were covered with yellow leaves!

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  30. Beautiful picture, and, yes everyday I find something that cheers me on.

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  31. I do now. I used to take so much for granted. But, inspired by many others, I started noticing what what going on around me, what beauty is there, and my gratitude and contentment both increased.

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  32. What an amazing photo! I love all the yellow! I, too, am one of those people who notices many things every day that make me smile inside and out. And isn't it amazing that it doesn't cost anything? All we have to do is open our eyes to see beauty, and be quiet long enough to also "hear" beauty? P.S. I actually took some photos a couple of years ago of light coming through window blinds, too! Not as stunning as yours, though! :)

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  33. Yes, I've always stopped to smell the flowers so to speak. When people are in a big hurry they tend to miss all the finer things in life. What a shame.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

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  34. I totally agree with you. There's beauty all around us if we let it come to us and invade us. Sometimes we're too quick to reject that which is natural and beautiful. I love that picture, by the way, Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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  35. That is a pretty terrific photograph, Keith!

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  36. When I am not driving, I do enjoy the nature. Route 9W is beautiful but the morning commute is crazy so I miss out on a lot of sunrise.
    The picture is very nice. Thanks for sharing.

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  37. Great picture! I do see beauty in everything and I stop to smell the roses too!

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  38. ABSOLUTELY I do! But you know......you've been sweet enough to look through my nature photos time and time again. For each moment you feel grateful, you can't feel negative thoughts/feelings/emotions. Love this post and that gorgeous picture!

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  39. I always try to take the time to see the little things around me. I have realized that it makes me smile so much when I stop and just look at some birds etc. :)

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  40. That's a lovely shot ~ Yes I try to even in the most depressing season (winter) ~ Thanks for the uplifting thoughts ~

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  41. Keith, we must be cut from the same cloth or something... the way you express words is the way I feel. I too *need* to stop and soak in these moments. A couple days ago I took some time and just stood outside when it was snowing. The entire sky was pure white and thick heavy flakes were falling at a fast pace. I just stood there, leaning back, staring at the overwhelming white. I was transported! I think it's a moment I'll remember forever. We live in such a fast-paced world... it's strange to actually have silence and observe something simple and beautiful...

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  42. I go out back in the late evening and just watch the birds and squirrels... nature can be SO beautiful. I love all you sunset and sunrise pictures ♡♥♡

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  43. Hi Keith, Happy New Year and apologies for my absence of late. I love your photograph. I think noticing beauty in the small things every day contributes more to our wellbeing than all the big stuff - maybe because a lot of the big stuff we cannot control, but we can choose to notice and be grateful for all the beauty around us, and it becomes a steady stream of happy moments and gratitude.

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  44. Yes, yes, yes!!! I love your photo too, it's so geometrical and so light filled. I see beauty everywhere from the way the snow glistens in the sunlight to the arthritis in my moms hands to the feathers on my walking path.
    Thank you for perpetuating beauty Keith.

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  45. Yes! this is one of the most things I love of your blog!
    Always hink in you l like a person love see the beauty of all!
    I try! But I lov e to see my dogs especially when they sleep, my bunnies, the roses, the mountains, etc. and some moments are beauty only because are special and beauty!!!
    thanks by a lovely post!

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  46. It depends on the mood I’m in at the time.
    Head down - I see nothing.
    Head up - I see everything. And rejoice. Or take its photo.

    I’ve promised myself I’ll smile more in the new year. That’s something, anyway.

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  47. Just last night i was flipping through a National Geographic and bemoaning all the beautiful places in the world that i don't have the resources to visit. Then i turned around and saw the most stunning sunset over the empty field of snow right outside my home. As i watched the colors across the sky, i was humbled. It was a reminder that i don't have to travel half way across the world to see something beautiful. i just need to open my eyes.

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  48. I never take anything for granted anymore. Each day that I awaken is beautiful! And...we are just as happy as we choose to be. I choose to be happy!!
    Another good post Keith!

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  49. I definitely think I need to notice more. When I walk down the street and I see person after person I try to think of one thing I'd compliment them on. "Nice shoes" "Your hair is so beautiful" "love the way you did your make up" etc etc

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  50. Certainly. I think in my field it's a must. I have lectures on it to.

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  51. When I was first learning how to walk again, I could only walk around my back yard. It was difficult but also delightful because every day I would discover new things--like the daffodils and crocus, the tiny wild strawberries, the other berries that turn from a burnished orange in autumn to a lush red in January, the figs, the gardenia.

    At the time, I was involved in an online group for people who like to journal and one woman complained about how boring her walk is because she always went the same route and didn't want to drive somewhere else or didn't have the time to do so. I was shocked. Here I was, able to find so many amazing things in my own back yard from day to day and she was walking a mile and was bored.

    So my answer is yes. Not all of the time but yes.

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  52. Stop and smell the roses, as used to be said. I do rather a lot of it. It's a brilliant photo of your office, reminding people of warmer times to come.

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  53. I agree with you completely. Often the simplest things are the most beautiful!

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  54. Loved this blog. I try to find joy in small things too - even the little ladybird that somehow found her way into my kitchen this morning. An amazing, beautiful little creature just there to keep warm.

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  55. I have the word JOY tattooed behind my ear. That is exactly how I try to live my life. Joyful. The little things are what keep me going.

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  56. That is a beautiful photo! And yes, I certainly do notice beauty in little things. My photography hobby certainly plays a huge role in that.

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  57. Yes, I do notice the small things. I like to open the door in the morning and see what the weather is really doing. Like to see the tiny cactus blossoms in the desert in the spring, you have to stop and really look to catch them. The world can be quite the gift basket if you open yourself up to it. Wonderful photo Keith.

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  58. Every time I visit your blog, I take in reminders of what's really important. Right now, I'm appreciating how the sunlight is striking a particular leaf on a tree outside my window. Thank you, Keith.

    xoRobyn

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  59. Oh yes, definitely. We have our dining table looking out onto the garden so we see all the small changes, bulbs popping up, birds flying around, butterflies in summer. That's what being alive is all about isn't it?

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  60. Everyday I see the beauty of this life. Its amazing what you can see and hear when you just take the time to look and listen.
    When we start calving, I will try to get a video and send to you. I have a few videos after the fact, of mama getting baby up.
    Have a beautiful day!

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  61. Similar...I found myself last Saturday ruminating how lucky I am with my family and friends. I would think that was beauty. Especially since I wasn't drunk.

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  62. I think Blogger just destroyed my last comment.

    I always try to notice the beauty in the everyday, there's beauty all around us if only we know to look and listen

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  63. That IS a beautiful picture -- and in an unexpected location: a business office. Beauty is everywhere. We just have to actually recognize it.

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  64. Absolutely! Minute to the grand--beauty is almost overwhelming.

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  65. That's a really good idea. I think to many of us just pass by things when we should be looking at them.

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  66. Oh yes, I certainly do.
    One way to do that is carry a camera wherever you go. You really do see the world differently. : )

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  67. And through the eyes of a dog who will always have the wonder of a puppy, I always take time to see the beauty that's on offer.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar!

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  68. Yes, with the help of my camera I notice more than I would without it. The light you captured through the blinds is really beautiful.

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  69. Agreed, you have to get something out of the little things in our day...still working on that and seeing the higher beauty in carpools

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  70. Love that photo. I find it quite soothing for some reason.
    Strange you bring it up but I saw and enjoyed something today that most would ignore or even find ugly, in fact most days so would I have seen it that way.
    There was no sparkling snow to glamorize winter, just varying shades of beige in the dormant grass pastures. Somehow, today I really saw the soft, muted colors of winter and thought them quite beautiful. I considered it a gift.

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  71. I do try to take note of the beauty around me. Most of life is ordinary, and most of the beauty in my world is the kind of ordinary everyday beauty. I believe that I don't appreciate these things I am missing out on what life is offering me on any given day. Thank you for the reminder, Keith, of one of the very important things of life!

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  72. Wonderful post and great photo! I've always loved watching the way light shines through a window or blinds. One thing I miss about living in Senegal is being able to tell the time by how the light was shining in my room. The apartment that I lived in didn't have a clock in the bedroom and I had forgotten to bring one. I didn't have a cell phone, either, so I when I woke up I would use the light to tell what time it is.

    Anyway, back to the point of your post... I try to see the beauty in the every day things. Sometimes I'm too busy and miss things. This is a good reminder to slow down and take in the world around you!

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  73. Really good at remembering ... insignifcant stuff ... cramming up my brain ... maybe ... maybe not ...

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  74. I do. Sometimes I spend a little too much time noticing it that I lose track of time.

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  75. Definitely! I try to notice the small things that would easily be taken for granted. A leaf, an insect, a cloud passing by. There's beauty is almost everything if you take the time to look.

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  76. yes, it is in the small things. I, sometimes look at my little ones and want to burn in my head what they look like and the cute things they say so that I may never forget! It's the little things that keep me going.

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  77. I sure do...the view of the marsh/swamp behind my house. The sunrise from the beach and of course the various skylines through out the year. The little neices and nephews, the animals I take care of, or friends with.

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  78. Yes - it's the small things that make up those good memories! Lovely shot too.

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  79. I do. I have a thing on my wall at work reminding me, I may post it tomorrow. It was oftentimes the cause of my wrecks, because my attention would be caught by a particularly beautiful tree or pond or whatever.
    The sunrise this morning was beautiful. The sky and the clouds had every shade of orange, red, pink, purple and blue.

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  80. Well said Keith...the most beautiful thing of all (to me) is the love in my family's eyes. There is no greater beauty.

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  81. Great post, Keith! I also love taking time to enjoy the simple and beautiful things around us. Lovely photo..Enjoy your week ahead!

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  82. Oh, yes - every day! Your photo is amazing, Keith! Keep seeking the beauty! xo

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  83. I hope both of my blogs provide an answer to this question!

    If you think seeing pictures of summer is strange - wait till I post the ones from today - 112+ degrees! Way too hot!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  84. Such a beautiful picture..I used to see the beauty in everything but now I have become such a skeptic ..

    Take care Keith <3

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  85. You captured a magical moment Keith. Noticing and taking pleasure in the small things, makes ones life happier.

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  86. Yep, it's there if we keep our eyes open!

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  87. I love that picture, Keith! I'm glad you shared it with us. I try and appreciate the smaller things in life, especially if I'm not feeling well. It's the little things that add up to happiness.

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  88. Keith, I'm so glad you made this post. Sharing the beauty of nature through pictures is what I try to do every time I post on my blog. =D

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  89. You my friend have found the key to happiness as I experience each and every time I read your words!

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  90. Yes, I do, Keith. Lesson learned a long time ago. Take the time to see what's around you and find the beauty in it. I've found the little things delight me and bring a smile to my face--even during some of the worse times of my life.

    I think people are confused sometimes with thinking I have to have this and this big thing to be happy. I've found that appreciating what I have and looking around at the treasures of nature spread before me, the little nuances, actually make me happy. Absorbing life through my senses. It not only adds a richness to life but brings a smile to my lips, contentment in my heart and gives me quiet joy. It's what helps me face whatever I have to. To me that's happiness. :-)

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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  91. I sure notice the beauty all around. As a keen photographer I find beauty everywhere which makes me thankful every day.

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  92. Yes yes yes! I totally 100% agree. I've found that with getting more interested in photography this happens naturally. I've learned to have an "eye" for things now and see the beauty in everyday things that others might just pass by or even think have no beauty.

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  93. The world is adorned with beautiful sights everywhere ... we should keep our mind open and bask in its glory :-)

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  94. I rely on finding beauty to make it through days...what a great reminder : )

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  95. I'm with you Keith. We can miss a lot of the little things when all we want is something big and over the horizon!

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  96. Of course, I do Keith. And very often. The elder I'm getting the more beautiful things I see every day.

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  97. i love the shadows created by sunshine and blinds.

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  98. I love this post. And I agree with all you say. I think it's important to take the time to appreciate the little things. I'm grateful for all the little things in my life.

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  99. Love that pic! I find myself staring at it, lost in thoughts, every time I see it.
    Yes, I totally agree, seeing the beauty and the importance of the little moments in life is a powerful way to being happy. And yet such an easy one! I wish more people would be willing to take that minute throughout the day to acknowledge the little wonders in life.

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  100. I would love to experience sitting in your son lit room wrapped in the shadows...so cool. And your fortunate to have found one part of the secret to happiness that the busy world never see's. Simplicity

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  101. You know sometimes when life is being extremely rude, it is these little moments of happiness and random beauty in things that let you survive the phase!

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  102. Many many times I take for granted the little things, and I just let them pass me by. I have tried to take up the habit of noticing the little details, instances, and experiences throughout my day. I usually do this on my train rides to and from school and work. It is amazing what beauty and amazement lies in the smallest, seemingly insignificant things.

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  103. Only if I'm not asleep at the time.

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  104. constantly you know I take photos so many because everything is of interest to me however my new laptop who overcharged me all kinds of gadgets I never wanted warned me that I was about to crash in 3 minutes...the destroyed my photos my blogs, but since I love all things I went to my old laptop created a new blog with just words so that google can't steal my photo again it's a new blog the other ones were destroyed, but I see everything

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  105. Yes, always. And people think I'm weird because I'll point out a leaf to them when we're walking down the road. My son is the same - he sneaked me out of the gym a couple of months ago - he wouldn't let me look out of the window - so that I'd be surprised by the beautiful sunset :-)

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  106. I have to admit, I have to work at seeing beauty on the little things. Sometimes I focus on what I wish I could see, rather than admiring what's right in front of me.
    You know, the grass is always greener syndrome. I'm trying to change that though!

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  107. Thisis such a fabulous shot, Keith. For so many reasons. It speaks to peace at the end of a busy day at the office. Well done...

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  108. I do notice the small details around me and appreciate all of them.

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  109. Goodness, I should pause more often than I do. I do occasionally stop and just sit with one of the kids for a while. Hearing the things that come out of their mouths, or watching them create something? It's amazing.

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  110. Very nice photo, Keith. It's calming. I also like the shadow casts, especially of the statue.

    I enjoy when I park at the very top of the parking garage when I go to work. I have a perfect view of the mountain and the sky and clouds. I love it. I've lingered many mornings up there taking in all the beauty.

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  111. Love this! You are so reading my mind. Your post is exactly what I have been reminding myself of and reworking in my brain when I tend to get off course in my perspective. Well said, sir, well said.

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  112. If you don't see the beauty in little things - you miss the best things life has to offer!

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  113. More people need to do that. There is so much beauty missed.

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  114. I point things out to my boys whenever i can. they miss so much with their noses in electronics... have a beautiful weekend!

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  115. While sitting on bench in college!yes,i do watch the nature's beauty scattering everywhere in the world.You know,here we have four season...I love to see the trees in autumn season,when leaves fall and i love to see the bright sun covered by the shadow of tree in summer.And i love to see the flowers in springs and i love them all the same in winter,too:)

    Missed blogging so much but then i had nothing to write:P....

    I hope you're fine:)

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  116. Sometimes I tell myself to find 5 or 10 things in the moment to love. It's a great tool!

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  117. This is funny, just last night I posted about enjoying the little things. The rain was pounding off the windows and the pavements, had a wee candle on, curled up with the cat and a book, utter bliss.

    This is a lovely picture and I totally agree.

    Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

    P.s I am your newest follower

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  118. i think you have hit the nail so to speak---i am trying to be more aware of the hidden beauty all around us and miracles :)

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  119. The simplest things really do please me. I've been married to one for nigh on 25 years now but hey - I do try, Keith. I hang prisms at the windows for that certain turn of the sun (which isn't too often in Scotland). My biggest pleasure is cold morning walks when frost layers on everything. Spiders webs are a work of art!

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  120. Although some of us that are humankind seem intent on destroying this beautiful place we exist upon - they will not colour my vision! I see beauty in even the coldest thing.
    Anna o]

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  121. Yes. Someone even found beauty in the wind blowing an old trash bag.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2014/01/doubts.html

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  122. Yes, one of the pleasures of taking pictures is that you have look around you!

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  123. I love the picture! The shadows and light are so pretty. I do love living in a world full of beautiful sights and sounds.

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  124. Beautiful things! This morning it was the soft pale pink-purple light as the sun rose. It fills my home office with softness. Such a good reminder to take notice, thank you!

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  125. Yes, I do. Life's too short to do a speedy drive-through without savoring the scenery. And I agree that truly seeing and appreciating the beauty around us is one of the keys to true happiness. I reckon that's one of the reasons I'm such a Pollyanna.

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  126. What a beautiful photograph, it's an image I would want to see in a frame for all to see. Amazing

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  127. Most definitely! I try to make it a practice every day...but sometimes I get distracted and walk right past them...in a hurry to please someone out there who needs something from me...

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  128. Very nice post indeed, we should be thankful for all the beautiful things around us , thank's for sharing such a wonderful post :)

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  129. I definitely take the time for sunrises and sunsets and, giving the occasion, stopping to smell roses when it is the right season. :)

    -Barb

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  130. Those little things are what can make us truly rich.

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  131. it may be hard to always appreciate the little, beautiful things, but at least i'm trying! :-) x

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  132. You are such a beautiful person, Keith. I do try to take notice of beautiful things throughout the day. Today was the perfect day to do that since I took a hike on Moanalua Trail which I will post about tomorrow.

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  133. Yes, yes and yes. I truly believe in the healing power of the little things, those that -as you said- we give for granted. We always expect "the next big thing" to be happy, the big change, the ultimate epiphany, the most awesome achievement... and they can be really fantastic of course, but while waiting why don´t rejoice in the things that are on hand, why can´t we feel blessed by everydayness?. I try to do it and it makes my days much more interesting and joyful...

    Have a nice week, Keith, beautiful office and great photo

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  134. Great outlook and great photo! I'm also trying to be fully into the present moment. Enjoy it all! Thanks for sharing!

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  135. I do, I do! I love finding beauty in little things ;)

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  136. Beautiful post Keith and I so agree with you-and it only takes a moment too and will last for much longer

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  137. I noticed that beautiful lamp :)) Great photo!

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  138. Hi, Keith -- first, thank you for visiting The Marmelade Gypsy. I do love how you use light -- here and in that stunning photo of the boys at sunset, one pulling the other up the hill.

    Anyone who doesn't look for the beauty around them, in simple light, the purr of a cat, the arc of the sun's shadow -- is indeed missing something special. The days are too short to ignore all the beauty of our world -- a point well made here.

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  139. Yes, and sometimes I'm sad I don't have my camera so I can capture what I'm seeing to share it with other people, then I remind myself to be quiet and just enjoy it.

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  140. Always. The ability to see it is one of our priceless gifts that shouldn't be squandered. Great shot!!!

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  141. What a gorgeous photo!!
    And I just put that quote up on one of my blogs.... ;)
    (Great minds..hee)
    This is certainly a mantra I try to adhere to daily....
    To really "see"...what a gift.... :)
    You are blessed to have it....

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  142. Outlandish!! Best way to capture happiness

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  143. I truly believe the saying that every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.

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  144. I always look for sunsets. It centers me.
    Cortne

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