BF and I honeymooned in Scotland. It was before digital cameras and when I had all of our photos developed, I noticed that I had repeatedly snapped photos of two things throughout our backpacking adventure– doors and window boxes. So many of the doors we passed in Scotland were brightly colored and so delightful and almost every house had a window box or three of happiness for passersby to delight in. Every single one took my breath and delighted me and, yet, no two were alike.
So often we delight in the natural variety of life. We think every single blooming hydrangea bush is gorgeous. Every cardinal catches our eye.
And, yet, the beauty in our own natural uniqueness goes without notice or with incredible critique. If we all fell for the media ideal we are being fed, then we would all be striving for the exact same look and, yet, uniqueness is really what’s beautiful.
Today: I want you to revel in uniqueness by paying attention to all that is unique around you. Grab your camera (camera phone is fine) and take photos of a particular theme- squirrels, rocks, mushrooms, leaves, flowers, doors, window boxes, eyes, whatever. Get at least 12 pictures. And then go through your pictures and admire something about every single photo. Practicing appreciation for all these things in your world (something you probably naturally do; I am forcing the exercise here) will help you to practice this appreciation with own uniquely wonderful self.
1. What did you take photos of and what did you notice in your photos?
2. How can you translate this exercise into appreciation for yourself?
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