Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Habit of Seeing

"I like to change my habit of seeing."

I think it was the musician John Cage who said this
but it might have been another musician or artist or writer.

Maybe you are working on a book
and the intricate pieces of it are becoming 
as tangled as a mangrove forest

Maybe you change your setting
so that everything is new again

Maybe you kick off your shoes

and walk in the sand

Maybe you ponder the wildlife

And visit old friends
(wildlife of another sort)

Maybe you contemplate
the blue green ocean
and the white white sand

Maybe you do all that
and restore your mind
and your soul
so that your story or song or painting

so that you see your way ahead
calmly and clearly.


Beaming you all sun and sand and blue green water.


  1. It is so easy to become set in our ways wearing our "regular eyes." To shake up our perspective and surroundings will often give us a fresh look, another viewpoint.


  2. if my story starts in the forest, it's very hard for me to untangle the words from the weeds and change it. your post has given much needed inspiration. thank you!

  3. That last shot makes me green with envy! Hope all is well down there. Have a feeling that you are really pumping out some words.

  4. I could really use some sand and sun right about now! Thanks for the great words!

  5. I think the beach would do it for me, but I am land locked.

  6. I can feel the sand between my toes! :) I've spent the past few days changing my way of seeing...and ended up throwing away all the writing I've done the past three months. But I know I made the right decision and I feel so liberated it is more than worth it.

  7. Thanks so much for all that sun, sand and blue skies. I do agree a change of pace, locale and perhaps a squint or two brings a new look at everything. Realignment is a fabulous way to look at books, art and life.

  8. This was absolutely beautiful - so inspirational. Sometimes you can be SO deep into something that you truly can NOT see the trees for the forest. Changing your habit of seeing is amazing advice. The next time I am faced with this feeling, I will truly step back and change my habit of seeing, in order to see the trees once again! Thank you for these beautiful words! Laurie :)