22 May 2016

What I Saw Today.

sea, brighton,
Some of what I saw today. 
As I strolled along a street in Brighton the other day, on my way to catch a bus, I saw a young blind man, leaning against a wall, chatting on his phone, while his companion waited patiently, clutching what must have been his white stick.

At the end of this road - clearly in my view - was the way to the sea.  I wondered how he felt about not being able to see the what I could and how it would feel to me.

I could conjure it my mind's eye with the memory of many a walk taken and hundreds of hours spent just sitting and staring, but he might never have done either and, anyway, it's no real substitute.

So, today, I looked with new eyes.  Sat on the top deck, I watched it all away along the coast - the greys and greens, the hues of blues.  Oh, how those of us who live here take it for granted.

Once in town, I took more notice of other things too - the childrens' funny flip flops for sale on a stand, for example and the copious colours glaring and jumping out of the shop windows.  What would normally jar, I rejoiced in, today, together with the pretty patterns on the beautiful clothes, the leaves on the trees and the sky - always a wonder - too.

I took more time, slowed right down, paid more attention and appreciated what I saw.

Once home, all chores were abandoned and I went to see the sea again, thinking of that young blind man  - how he would feel the spray in the air, smell the seaweed and taste the salt.  And a paramount part of the pleasure - how he would hear it.

I hoped he could enjoy everything else - especially today.  It was sunny and windy - my favourite, as each of the senses are truly tickled.  I felt extra blessed and humbled for all five of mine.

Later on, I lingered for longer at the trampoline as my son leapt about laughing.  I watched his expressions of excitement and exhilaration and could feel healing in my heart.

I gloried in the green of the grass and the garden, instead of worrying about the weeding and fretting about the stuff that forever never gets done.

I watched the clouds at 9.30pm when it was still quite light.

And on turning in, I lay there realising that perhaps I may not have two ha'pennies to rub together, but I am rich beyond measure.

(Until next door's newly acquired cockerel kept cock-a-doodle-doo-ing and I've had to start all over again!).

What will you see today?

Anya xx

16 comments:

  1. A good kick up the backside moment to remember we have so much to be grateful for.

    I had my eyes full (as they say in French) with the presentations I saw during a visit to an adventure biker event in Orange yesterday. Sights from the furthest flung quarters of the planet were a delight. I haven't come down yet, either.

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    1. That's exactly how it feels! Have just caught up with your post regarding those presentations and they sound so inspiring I can't imagine you're not straight off on the bike with your DB to the other side of the world. Bet (and hope) you're planning it tho?!

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  2. Lovely post Anya! I haven't seen much today because I haven't been out yet, but I am looking forward to enjoying the atmosphere in Brighton today. It's very busy because of all the various festivals, but it's a joyous, positive atmosphere and people really seem to be enjoying themselves.

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    1. Thank you Joanne. Brighton has a great vibe with the festivals on atm - it's extra vibrant and I hope you appreciate it all the more after reading this :))

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  3. Absolutely spot on. I've nothing to add. xxxx

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    1. Thank you for saying so, Rachel. It had a real impact and I wanted to share xxx

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  4. Beautiful and so true, it is always good to be reminded of how lucky we are

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    1. Thank you Nikki. Wish I could feel the same about that bleedin' cockerel that doesn't shut up next door! *Tries harder* :)

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  5. Love it, too late to see too Mich now today but tomorrow I'll take up your baton and see the world with fresh eyes. Mich xx

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    1. Thanks Mich. I thought I'd link it up to your R2BC this week xx

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  6. It's funny how sometimes we stop to appreciate what is around us, today I sat in the garden and watched the clouds go by - so relaxing

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    1. I really enjoyed it the other evening just doing that and we really should do it more often xx

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  7. A very wise, empathetic post. My father lost his sight in a single instant and since then I always rejoice in my (rather myopic) view of the world. I also try to make the most of functioning legs.

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    1. Thank you Anna. Very sorry to see that about your father and yes, we have much to be grateful for. Welcome back xx

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  8. Lovely reflective post about all we have to be grateful for. We have no comprehension about what it's like to live without something that most of us take for granted do we. Thanks for the timely reminder to appreciate the littlest things in life and cherish them x

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  9. You could look at the blind person from a different perspective too - they are going to smell, and hear things you would take no notice of. I think the same goes for any loss of senses - the others compensate to an extent. You are right though - we all take a lot for granted. Great blog btw - just discovered it.

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