Seeing Happiness

Dwelling in the present moment, we can see so many beauties and wonders right before our eyes–a child’s smile, the sun rising, the autumn leaves ~Thich Nhat Hanh

flowers often seem nicer on the other side ~d nelson

flowers often seem nicer on the other side ~d nelson

“Are you blind?” I asked the young man sitting next to me in the park. I had offered empathetic listening as he explained at length how there’s nothing to do here and that’s why this town is boring. If only he could get a ride an hour to the nearest city there would be fun things to do so he wouldn’t be bored. He replied that he had two good eyes.

I told him of my moon watching meditation last night.
How the golden hues of sunset were still setting the hills ablaze
with a golden glow as this super full moon rose up behind them
in plain view for all to see.

Oranges, yellows, greens, browns whites,
blacks, blues, magentas, among others
in the shapes of rolling hills, oaks, pines, moon
clouds, lake, waves, rocks, geese, ducks.
Such an amazing display of colors and shapes.
A true miracle to behold
to let touch my heart through
perception & my eye’s consciousness.

Such a miracle to see, at all.
Offering more than enough conditions for me to be happy.

super moon

super moon

I shared with him about diabetic patients I used to care for.
How, over time, many lost their vision
due to the corrosive effects of too much glucose
running through eye’s blood vessels.
And how they became so sad and unhappy
when they could no longer see well, or at all.

I asked if there is anything he really likes to look at
and he told me how pretty his girlfriend is.
After a few more comments to each other
he went off to be with his special friend
where he was going to look at her with new eyes
and tell her how special she is to him.

I am happy that he decided to open his eyes
to beauty present before him
and let go of the idea of being bored.



38 thoughts on “Seeing Happiness

      1. lauramacky

        This may sound sappy but I don’t get to express much with these types of emotions so I try to acknowledge them when I feel them. Thank you again….from the bottom of my window-washing receptacle. 🙂

  1. ♡eM

    I thought, at first, that you might have been talking with your younger self. 😉

    Thank you for sharing how you seek to see with others, online and in real life.

  2. Eric Tonningsen

    When I tell others who have never been to or lived in the High Desert that we have a beautiful array of browns; hues you won’t find elsewhere, they still smirk. The majestic panoramas here are unparalleded in many parts. There is a reason acclaimed artist Georgia O’Keeffe came here… and never left. Perspective helps. 🙂

  3. Vicki

    It never ceases to amaze me how many sighted people see so little of the beauty around them.

    It’s like those in modern society who are forever wishing for something material to make them happy. They believe they will be happy when they leave school and get a job. Then comes the desire to achieve material success (Iike all their peers). After they have the ‘ultimate’ job and everything their neighbour has, they still aren’t happy. It’s all a state of mind. Happiness is not an exterior possession – it’s in internal joy that springs up and bubbles over. All people have to do to be happy is find the joy in the everyday, the mundane, the ordinary……..and see all life as unique and extraordinary.

  4. Kelly Kuhn

    It’s been too long since I’ve come to visit. Grateful I did, for you’ve caused me to look up from this screen, see the leaves rustling, listen to the many birds singing, smell an unknown floral sweetness, feel the breeze on my skin. And, there, to complete my sensory satisfaction, I took a sip of clean water. Life is good.

    1. smilecalm Post author

      wonderful Kelly!
      so many things to see
      in every moment 🙂
      i checked and the reader
      indicates i’m following you
      but it is lazy to actually let me know of a post 😦

  5. Carole Parkes

    I just found you through your comment on another post and I’m so pleased I did. Your blog is very uplifting and a joy to read. I’l be visiting often and I hope you don’t mind if I reblog.


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