Do I have all the answers? No. No I really don’t. Do I know how to live lightly and feel deeply? No. Not all the time. But I try. And I had a great reminder today that I need to practice this habit so it becomes my everyday just a little bit more.
I saw this amazing picture today in The Guardian newspaper while sipping some peppermint tea in the most amazing cafe ever, Mudlarks in Hertford. If you get the chance to go there then just go. I’ve fallen in love with this charity cafe that makes Vegan cakes and lunches and I can be found from time to time hogging the fire cracking some emails out. While browsing through the g2 section of the paper I noticed this one photo in particular (it’s always a photo that hooks you in, right?) It’s a picture of Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai and it literally took my breath away. It’s incredible don’t you think?
Not only is it a stunning photograph – that took three months to capture (3 months of work, can you imagine? That’s a whole book. Or a rather large bank of recipes) and is made up of over 1,000 photos! It’s an incredible piece of artwork. It’s a photograph that to me represents absolute dedication to detail. It’s a complete stunner.
For some reason it just spoke to me on so many levels and as I gasped at the mere thought of driving along such a road I wondered – would I be terrified or would it be thrilling? In fact I have ridden on this road several times as a passenger. Gawking at the roadside delights of towers and skyscrapers and not really giving the road much thought other than being frustrated with the traffic.
This photograph gave me the opportunity to see things from a different perspective.
The road itself is genius. The scale of it completely breathtaking. And so the photograph too.
I could so easily have flicked on to the next page. Or by chance picked up The Times instead. Then this moment would never have happened. This in itself was a great reminder that I should still love living lightly – as I do when I flick through the pages of a newspaper – but that I should not forget the value of really looking, feeling and connecting with every moment of now.
Just another way to be the best ME possible.
Just a thought.
Keeping it juicy & raw
Photograph by Marcus Lyon entitled My Best Shot – from The Guardian 19 February, 2015.