Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.
- Camille Pissarro
The true secret to happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.
- William Morris
When looking at things, we generally tend to only behold the big picture and as a consequence, we often forget to pay attention to the details. This is how we get derailed from our path, miss out on what’s important and end up being frustrated and miserable.
You see, I believe that by acknowledging details and perceiving them, we become open to greater dimensions and closer to the essence of the universe, or what the Chinese call “Tao” (The Principle) and the Lakota call “Wakan Tanka” (The Great Spirit, The Sacred, The Divine or Great Mystery). We stop limiting ourselves and begin feeling spiritually connected.
In life, we usually have colossal dreams, high expectations and unreasonably huge aims, yet we rarely take the time to appreciate modest achievements, tiny joys and humble acquisitions. As humans, we are invariably inclined to disregard them and consider these seemingly insignificant events as trivial and meaningless. We are never satisfied with what we have or who we are, and we always want more (“bigger and better”). If it’s not flashy or overtly blatant, then it has no worth in our eyes. Unfortunately, our modern, materialistic, egocentric, success-oriented and profane society has shaped us to think in such an unhealthy manner and that’s very sad as well as totally wrong.
Hence, we should learn to live in the moment, to be less demanding and greedy, and to exercise futility. In one word, to embrace the art of Zen (letting go) and accept our destiny. And this applies to all domains of our existence. It’s the road to fulfilment (on the spiritual level), happiness, acceptance and enlightenment.
So the unwanting soul
sees what's hidden,
and the ever-wanting soul
sees only what it wants.
- Lao Tzu
The details are not the details . They make the design.
- Charles Eames
In my journey toward wholeness, those are some the precepts I follow. It is in this spirit that I undertake everything. For example, when I’m walking outside, I like to narrow my focus and concentrate on what’s concealed. So, instead of being exclusively subjugated by the obvious beauty of the landscapes, I prefer to explore small areas of the countryside in order to discover nature’s own visual masterpiece.
By immersing yourself in the minute details that surround you, you’ll quickly realise that we all are part of a greater plan, that there’s a purpose to everything and that we are all related…