Are you in danger of missing out on the amazing living art near you?
You could be if you are like most of us.
I just got back from a visit with my mom who has dementia. Some of the changes she is experiencing are surprising. She now loves trees.
This from the woman who once said, “If you’ve seen one tree you’ve seen them all.”
My dad loved natural scenery and would point out how beautiful the tree covered hills were when they took a trip in New England. And Mom would not be impressed. She was just waiting until they got to some woolen mills so she could buy wool to make braided rugs.
Her braided rugs are wonderful and wear like iron, BUT they don’t inspire like trees. Nature has the power to calm, to heal, to recharge us.
So now that Mom can’t remember anything from one day to the next, the trees are a luxurious experience. Everywhere we went she exclaimed, “Just look at those trees! Someone must have planted them to look so beautiful.”
Are You Tuned In To Your Senses?
Mom has a hard time remembering the names of people in our family now, but her joy with trees is an unending source of pleasure for her. She comes up with words to describe them that we haven’t heard from her in years.
It got me thinking how our perceptions change when we lose some of our avenues of pleasure. It reminded me of a movie I saw on Netflix recently, “Perfect Sense.”
It’s about an epidemic sometime in the future that takes away people’s senses, one at a time. You begin to appreciate how much you get from each of your senses. It’s a well done film and I highly recommend it. It does have nudity, but only in the context of loving (not suitable for kids). This is a film that stays with you.
Keep Looking Up!
When I was on my river cruise vacation, I took a lot of pictures. When I started cropping them, I often ended up with a large part of the photo being the clouds.
We have clouds everywhere, why take pictures of them? When you are taking pictures you are looking for what is dramatic. You are not thinking of all the things you usually do in your regular life. You are directing your brain to focus on things that are beautiful. It draws me to clouds quite often.
I always used to say that clouds are living art. I think the sky is living poetry too. We rush around getting to appointments on time and never look up. That’s understandable.
But what if we made it a habit to check out the sky at least once a day? It’s available to everyone. Keep looking up!
Trees are living art too. If you get a chance to get out into an area with trees, really look at them. Take photos. It helps focus your attention and appreciation.
Don’t wait until you get dementia to appreciate all the living art available to us. Get out in the fresh air! Just breathe. It’s priceless.
We all want a rich life. That often includes a richness of experiences. Don’t tune out the natural wealth available to us for free!