Thursday, May 01, 2008

Garnish That View

Even if we cannot change the things that present themselves to us today … we can, certainly, change how we Perceive them.



Whether our personal window on the world is that

of an elegant life,

or a humble one…

a confined and limited view,

or an old, tired, and weathered outlook…








We can enhance our experience of taking in life’s sights today…

by improving the setting through which we take it all in.








The voice of a dear friend…

a cup of our favorite beverage…

the music of a cherished melody in the background…

fresh flowers placed strategically where we have them framing our activities…






All are simple and available garnishes available to us for the enrichment of our view of all that lies beyond our window today.

Look through fresh and enhanced lenses.

We can do little to change circumstances…

We have complete control over how we perceive them.




IMAGES through the gracious courtesy of Ian Britton, FreeFoto.com

14 comments:

lime said...

so you're advocating a different sort of "rose colored" glasses right? hehehehe (i couldn't resist...sorry)

Classic Charm said...

Hi John-Michael,
Boy, did I need this today, I'm crying over ugly carpet colors, and this is certainly refreshing. Thank you. I hope you're doing well, and wishing you a happy weekend.
Hugs,
Rose

John-Michael said...

Lime, My darling, You just can't imagine the hues that your profile "thumbnail" take on through these Rose-Coloured-Lenses! Wow! You are one psychedelic piece of work!!

Thanks for BEing so Lovable (and such fun!)

John-Michael said...

Rose, My Sweet giver of priceless gifts, I am beyond Dandy ... thank you for your care. And I do hope that this Friday of anticipated weekend respite finds You in at least the same state. Knowing all of the impossibilities disguised as "choices" in colour charts and fabric variations, I do not envy you your challenges. But do have (based on the marvelous results that you have previously produced) complete confidence in your abilities to emerge, yet again, the Victor.

Love the dickens out of You!

Vi said...

Always make ourselves look more pretty with some 'garnishing!.

John-Michael said...

In my case, methinks the "garnish" required would resemble a salad bar. In your case, Sweet Vi, I would only be inclined to embellish the already present with a single rose.

Loving You ...

Crystal said...

I love all of the vibrant colors! Beautiful;o)

Suldog said...

There's a section in Boston, where MY WIFE lived before we married, called Beacon Hill. It is quite hoity-toity on one side (and that's the general perception of it) and college-student, working-class on the other (where she lived.)

Anyway, one of the very cool things about the neighborhood, on both sides of it, is that many folks have window boxes. And it is just so damn nice to stroll around and look at all of the beautiful flowers and such, on a warm Spring day, when you're holding your sweetie's hand.

Thanks for bringing that memory back to me, John-Michael.

John-Michael said...

Makes it kinda difficult to sustain a case of the "down-in-the-mouth" doesn't it Crystal, My Precious?! When I first discovered the photos, I couldn't stop saving them. And have gone to the album of them whenever I want a "picker-upper."

(Which, I might honestly say, You do for my Spirit each time I think of how much I Love You.) [Big Smile]

John-Michael said...

Jim, I have to tell You ... I have stopped and let tears of joyful contemplation roll at your mention of that wondrous Love that You so beautifully share with YOUR WIFE. You have my complete respect and admiration for your Gentlemanly, and Personally, demonstrated openness and proud candor in your loving. I bow, in honor and admiration, Dear SulDog Friend, to your Spirit, and Grace.

I love all that You are as a Man, and as a Human BEing!

Just Joni said...

Love the pictures and the words...fills me instantly with that desire to sit with a friend over a cup of joe and catch up on all the wondrous details of life...such moments are the investments of truly being.

Have a weekend of joy John-Michael~

hugs,
Joni

jillie said...

I love all of those pictures with the window boxes. Something bright and pretty with a splash of flash! That's just the way life should BE!

Thank you for sharing such wonderful pictures ;o)

John-Michael said...

Ah, Joni, My Darling Friend ... a cup (who am I kidding ... a pot!) of "Joe" together is a lovely image to dwell on in restful contemplation. The thought has me set in a lovely mode as I set off to work. Thank You, My Darling, for your sweet Presence!

I love You.

John-Michael said...

Jillie, My Darling, your "Something bright and pretty with a splash of flash!" is a perfect reflection of your touching of my Spirit. You, My Sweet, are that brightening and uplifting Presence in the world that You touch with your very BEing. i do hope that You celebrate and enjoy that truth!

I do love You so!

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