I’ve realised lately that keeping an open mind is a bit like keeping an open book. Just like a new book can open our mind to new realities, an open mind can make us see the world around us in an entirely different way.
When we have the right perspective and a positive frame of mind, our ordinary lives and experiences can become extraordinary.
And being open to new experiences makes us more receptive to joy.
It’s all about relishing the moment and loving life, whether it’s in the air or with our feet planted firmly on the ground.
And thinking creatively, like my son here, trying to work his way through this computer puzzle. An inquisitive mind navigating open doors in the virtual world.
But real life is way more challenging than anything virtual. And it can be hard when things don’t turn out the way we want. And the answer seems far from our reach.
There’s usually a reason why, even if we initially don’t know what it is.
For me, when we’re traveling on the open road with big skies above us, the possibilities feel infinite. It’s like there’s a world of light and brightness just waiting.
Even though along the way there’s often muddy waters to get through. But I’m learning to keep the door open to less than ideal situations and not to run from challenges …
Sometimes things just need to be opened up. Examined, checked and, if necessary, fixed.
But eventually we get through, often with help along the way. Opening doors to new possibilities just as I unlocked the gate as we drove into Memory Cove last year.
Even Harry knows the benefits of keeping the window open. Fresh air, great views and a new perspective. It’s good to know the direction we’re heading in even if we’re not sure of the final destination.
It’s usually somewhere worthwhile. And then we can sit back and appreciate the simple things, like an open fire to warm ourselves when we’re camping.
Or a loaf of freshly baked bread at home. It doesn’t get much more simple than that.
Except when it goes horribly wrong. When we cut this loaf open it was hollow inside. A total flop. This was one of the few times our home cooked bread didn’t rise. But hey, it’s bread, life goes on! And so we get things into perspective.
Here I am, sitting by our open fire in the backyard, keeping a positive and grateful outlook at the end of a long day. That’s the perspective I try and hold onto.
Life is so precious and so fleeting. Let’s embrace it with a grateful heart. And keep an open mind and open eyes so we don’t miss all the opportunities for happiness around us.
This is in response to Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge – Week 29 – Open