Waiting to be noticed

nicks 051“…. and it happens every day,” he said as we stood on the moors watching the miracle of a sunrise. We had watched the sun set too the night before. Two moments of sheer beauty… There is no reason for sunrises and sunsets…. I am not speaking scientifically, though science only gives an explanation; no real reason why the creation of the world should hold such unnecessary beauty…. why the sky should be painted with fire and gold every day, or why mists should shroud the valleys in so much softness, or frost encase the world in crystalline loveliness.

dawn 034These things are natural processes with a scientific basis we can explain. But why so much beauty? Why is the world such a breathtakingly lovely place? Why do we get the miracle of a gilded sky or the softness of summer rain sparkling on the grass?

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Even stranger… why do we so often fail to see the beauty… or the miracle it holds? Our cities hide our skylines, it is true… but the stars shine, the clouds are always there, the daisies still scatter the grass… there is always something, if we look. Yet so often we do not see.

north meeting 003We don’t always see the beauty in each other either. Many things pass unnoticed, taken for granted… like dawn and sunset… we see, but don’t see. Events register, but we are so busy moving through our lives that we don’t always truly take the time to understand the depth of the gifts we are given daily by those around us.

X ilkley weekend 070It may be something as simple as a smile… or as deep as understanding. It might be the quiet act of courage that faces a difficult situation… the care that makes us aware of each other…. or a hand extended to help us over a rough patch. They are all gifts that can often be more costly to the giver than we realise. They demand that the self is put to one side, that others… their needs and wellbeing…. are more important to us than our own. And they happen every day, small miracles of human kindness… of humanity.

north meeting 010Maybe that is why the sky flames for us every day… to remind us to look up, to look out of our own inner world and see the beauty all around and within us, just waiting to be noticed.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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48 Responses to Waiting to be noticed

  1. I think our sunrises and sunsets are the reminder that the world is beautiful. Lest we forget.


  2. TamrahJo says:

    Reblogged this on The Good, Bad and Ludicrous and commented:
    Says it all – me thinks! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Living out in the country in Lincolnshire, we had some glorious sunrises and sunsets. The night sky was also stunning. Here on the marina, we have some equally beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and also appreciate the views from the top of the Malverns where we walk Maggie sometimes. I have always been fascinated by cloud formations of faces/shapes/animals, and think sadly how so many people miss the simple (and free) natural beauty of our surroundings.


  4. Absolutely wonderful Sue .. Nature brings us gifts within every moment if we take the time to notice.. These are breathtaking views of the wondrous magnificence we are shown..
    I love the Sky, for every time we look ‘Up’ we see a different painted canvas..
    Have a blessed Weekend



  5. jenanita01 says:

    Amazing photos Sue, as usual, and no one could ever accuse you of not seeing the beauty of this world. A beauty so easy to forget, if you only watch the news and lower your head in depression…


  6. TanGental says:

    I’m afraid I just looked at the pictures – over and over – they were so stunning… what did you say?


  7. Running Elk says:

    Reblogged this on Shamanic Paths and commented:
    If the stars shone but once in a lifetime, the entire world would be out gawking in wonder. It seems none the less wonder that they should shine every night, in their alloted place, yet the world fails to notice…


  8. Annette Rochelle Aben says:

    More than well said.. beautiful truth!


  9. Mary Smith says:

    Beautifully said, Sue and the photos are, as always, stunning.


  10. Mick Canning says:

    Especially lovely photos, Sue.


  11. Lovely post, Sue. We are utterly surrounded by the gorgeous gifts of our planet. Thanks for the beautiful reminder..


  12. Magical and magically free but yet we fail to see and appreciate beauty as we take it for granted. Thanks for an experience.


  13. adeleulnais says:

    Reblogged this on firefly465 and commented:
    A beautiful reminder to look around us by scvincent.com


  14. russtowne says:

    Gorgeous photos and an extraordinary message written beautifully!


  15. Al Lane says:

    This is really beautiful ❤


  16. Eliza Waters says:

    Lovely photos, Sue. I never fail to notice the beauty of nature, but I am a bit remiss on noticing the beauty of relationships – I could be better there!


  17. Widdershins says:

    Perhaps sunsets are the reward for getting through the day … and sunrises are to remind us that, ‘here comes another one!’ 😀 … gorgeous pics.


  18. dgkaye says:

    Love the title of this post. The pictures are stunning, and insightful prose. There is much beauty to behold if we remember to take the time to notice and appreciate the beauty around us. 🙂 xo


  19. Wooow!!!! it`s so nice


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