Sometimes you get a broad view of a great vista and you drink it in.
Lately, around here at least, there are few broad vistas that capture my attention. But the beauty I have seen is in looking closely, at the details of life.
Why an individual responds the way they do. Why a heart feels the way it does. What motivates an individual. It's all amazing in the fine, small details of the heart.
If you take the time to look closely, you will see amazing beauty. But it does take time.
You can't just look quickly and move on to the next thing, the next heart. No, it requires a luxuriously long look, the kind of extravagance that people need, if they will be loved and cared for in ways that allow them to feel safe. You need to take a long look and then you will see the intricate details of creation. The curve of a heart in love. The colour of a spirit when grieving. It's all there to be seen, if the one looking will look deeply and patiently enough.
Tonight I captured some tiny flowers on the small berry bushes in the back yard, and our lilacs which this year are looking and smelling glorious.
But if you are going to see the real beauty, you've got to get down on the level they are at, and look closely at them. Then you see things as they are.