Do you remember when you were a child and everything looked magical and amazing? That’s because everything was new and exciting. Our eyes were automatically drawn to them, because our mind had something new to discover. Wouldn’t you like to look at life again that way?
As adult we seem to have lost the ability to look at life in wonder. But that’s not at all true. We just don’t take the time for it any longer. Besides from the busy schedules that we develop while growing up, we lost the automatic attraction that comes with all things new, because we have already explored them. But that’s the only thing we lost; not the ability to see the world as mystical itself.
To once again be fascinated we simple need to take a moment to look and let things sink in. And while doing so, the mind should be void of disrupting thoughts. Don’t think about what others would think when you intensively gaze at a beautiful flower. Don’t think about where you must rush off to while re-examining the gravity of the moon. Don’t think that it’s not an adult thing to do to watch breathtaking cloud formations change shape. Don’t think it’s not what you’re here for when you soak up the magnificence of a landscape.
In our youth life shows us how to look. We were given an example, and it’s almost as if that example is taken away from us to allow us the opportunity to learn for ourselves. But in order to do so we must again actively engage ourselves with what we see or even purposely start looking.
Over time, as the impulsiveness of our stare started to diminish, our ability to pay attention became numb. We have to wake ourselves up from that numbness again and begin glimpsing at thing we normally wouldn’t notice. Look at the intricate structures formed by the branches of a tree. See the logistical patterns followed by an army of ants. Watch the mutual interference of endless ripples in a pond of water.
In my experience, when you open your eyes again for the richness and grandeur of life, never before seen things will present themselves to you more and more, both in detail and in overview. From time to time, the automatic appeal that comes with fresh perspectives may even return. But don’t trust on it too much. It may interfere and help you again forget your new found ability to be purposely mesmerized all on your own.
A philosophical dreamer with a passion for self-reflection and contemplating life. He’s serious about helping people with the insights he gathered, but playful in the way he communicates his wisdom. He left a career as environmental engineer behind, in favor of becoming a personal development coach and thought-provoking writer.