Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Treasures all Around


 Are you ever on the prowl for wonderful treasures...little trinkets...the mother lode.  Have you noticed that the Mother Lode is often right in front of your very eyes and yet you may be just a bit too busy to see it for what it is...



I love to discover rocks, shell fragments or pieces of wood that are in the form of a Heart...a little love from nature.  My darling husband now looks as well.  However, most of the time...the love from the Universe appears when we are not looking for it.  You can search and search for these tiny little symbols, look away for a moment and Ta Da, the magic appears when you least expect it!


The lens of a camera has opened my eyes to unlimited possibilities...every seemingly normal, ordinary person, place or thing becomes extraordinary when I have a camera in my hand.  Unlimited possibilities...I tell ya! 








I was given the grand tour during a first time visit to a friend's home.  She had so many lovely pieces of furniture and art...all with an interesting tidbit or story about the origin of the piece.  The piece she treasured most was this rocking chair...ordinary in appearance, perhaps outdated for the room as she stated " I know it doesn't go in here but I just can't part with it...it was my first furniture purchase for $18.00 from Haverty's"  She then turned the chair over and the reason it was so highly valued was on the bottom.  The priceless crayon writing and drawings of her small son now a grown man and married.  Treasures of the heart.  I had a grandchild's fully formed hand print that I could not bear to wipe away from the hallway wall.  That hand print stayed there until we had the interior painted last year.  That hand print made me smile every time I walked through the hall.  It often saddens and gives me pause when plundering through an antique/junk/thrift store to find old photographs, albums, postcards, books and letters gathering dust.  The owners long gone...how much can we really hold onto...in the end we give up the tangible and all that we have left are the moments, the memories that we store in our hearts and minds.  Which, incidentally, by the way I am racking up as much as possible!!!

When my children were small we watched a program based on the novella "The Little Prince"  It remains one of my favorites and here is an excerpt that helps express my thoughts about "treasures":

“People where you live," the little prince said, "grow five thousand roses in one garden... yet they don't find what they're looking for...
They don't find it," I answered.
And yet what they're looking for could be found in a single rose, or a little water..."
Of course," I answered.
And the little prince added, "But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Here's to wishing you many moments and memories to cherish...challenging you to find the extraordinary in the ordinary...the hidden treasures right under your nose and in front of your eyes...look for "them" and the magic will happen...I promise! 
 
This post is dedicated to some of my greatest treasures...friends and family and to those giving me a gentle nudge back to writing.  LYMI...love you, mean it! 

8 comments:

Christy Peake said...

Beautifully written, as usual. The "moments" just seem to go by so fast. I think Heaven will be full of "moments." Our brains wont be so dusty, so frazzled. We will have the chance to remember the life we led and the moments we created - little hand prints and all.

Moseriah said...

This is wonderful. Just what I needed to read today... and a reminder for every single day. I remind myself to live in the present when I can and to live every single moment. Life is so full of magic and beauty. We so often get caught up in the doing...we forget to see, really see. It's something my mother taught me. Thank you for this. xoxo

Lisa Tjaarda said...

My Connie Sister! It is a joy to read your inspiring view of the World! Yes Ma'am! We are surrounded by great treasures! Thank you, as ever, for the reminder! and thank you, as ever, for one of my greatest treasures: your friendship!

Mamma has spoken said...

Aw yes and it's those little hearts that reminds me that God does love me and shows me in the most unique ways.

Cinner said...

Connie, what a beautiful post. I love the story of the rocking chair and the handprint. Lifes treasures right before our very eyes. I never heard of that book before, sounds like a good one. My eyes are going to be wide open today. hugs.

Relyn Lawson said...

Oh, I do love visiting people whose homes have soul. Lucky you.

The Daily Dish said...

I've missed you, Connie - and your fabulous posts! Treasure the important things and never forget the beauty in all creation. A great reminder to start my day. Love ya babe! XO

Joanna Jenkins said...

Smiling.... I absolutely love the drawing and would never be able to part with the chair either.
This was lovely. Thank you.
xo jj