Thursday, November 09, 2006

hidden beauty


"Unexpected til we came & saw it
Unbelievable as soon as seen
Hit the mark despite not aiming for it
Isn't that how things have always been ?"

[Bertolt Brecht] - German Poet and Playwright

Dedicated to my dear friend Pip, who sees what most do not...

16 comments:

Awareness said...

Sometimes it moves us to tears.

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

it sure does...sometimes that's all we have

Layla said...

Beautiful


(is Pip a common name in the UK? I know a guy named Pip that lives there, its the only time I've heard the name)

Ellen said...

The answer to your question... yes. I can't think of how many times that realization has hit me, and I sit back and think: it's been that way all the time.... all I have to do is stop long enough to appreciate it.... even if only for a second.

gareth higgins said...

yo lulu email me - i am away from my own computer so i don't have your email address...i am wandering across america and need to hear from you...from papa

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

Layla,
I only know too male Pip's - both wonderful humans - i don't think it's a popular name - only reserved for the greats!

Ellen,
You are right - the secret is in the stopping, or as Proust says seeing old landscapes through new eyes. most of the time sadly we are just too busy - either with our own self-importance or just that we have crammed our day's with so much (Freud would have a field day - it's almost like keeping up with the Jone's these days - the busier we are the more impresssive we think we look, 'How are you?' "oh I'm so so busy, just don't have time...blah blag"

Sorry, old war wound, i know some have genuinely full lives...

My late dear friend Mike Yaconelli used to say that the devil was hard at work making us all so busy we never saw God's graces - i think he was right

Papa,
An email will be sailing through cyber space to you for when you waketh in the land of the free and very brave - pray what is your reason for being there AGAIN?

Awareness said...

Sometimes it is presented to us in a moment of chaos and busy-ness to remind us of what is truly important.

A breath catching moment of awareness and acknowledgement.

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

Dana,
I agree, and the world looks so much more a better place when we look at things through grace healed eyes

Awareness said...

Perhaps, grace healed eyes are cleansed when hidden beauty treads on a tender heart?

Mata H said...

hmm...why is Harbour called "lulu"?

---I am reminded of a time when I sat in my 1st apartment after my divorce, years ago..and I thought how lucky I was to have found such a cozy spot in NYC - how homey it felt, how welcoming and artsy and familiar.

The next day had been a tough one at work. I sat in my apartment that night and noticed that the livingroom should be repainted, the carpet was old, the sofa needed new slipcovers...it all felt spare and unappealing.

But the only thing that had changed was me.

Sometimes grace is in the act of just closing one's eyes and reopening them again.

Niki said...

Beauty is hiding away all day in my bed crying. Beauty is shutting the door on the world for a few hours.

Mr. Althouse said...

So short, so simple, yet so much. An the photo... stunning!

Mike

mister tumnus said...

'Sometimes grace is in the act of just closing one's eyes and reopening them again.'

good one mata :) i have to say though i struggle to control the opening and closing of my eyes. any tips welcome...

Mata H said...

Mr T

It isn't easy. There is one thing I have to be reminded to do that always helps. When I feel most hopeless, most seperate from things of beauty, most negative -- I need to write out a blessings list with at least 10 blessings on it. Blessings that are real in my life, however small. I have a couple of friends that I have asked to remind me ... I may blog about that ... but thankfulness (for me at least) is the most dramatic and searing antidote for "bad vision".It sounds forced and artificial...but I swear to you it has had deep spiritual meaning for me.

mister tumnus said...

i tried to do that once but then i forgot the next time. it is a good idea. and very appropriate for remembrance day. thanks for that. i will try to remember.

Trailady said...

I SO agree with this prose.

I believe we are all seeking beauty, however sometimes we search so intensely that we miss the beauty that is before us.

Deep thought...