“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change” is one of my favourite quotes from Dr Wayne Dyer. We are now well into the swing of 2019, for some it has been a frantic start, a sort of ‘hit the ground running’ after the Festive season while for others it has been more challenging to get going. It looks like this year is going to be every bit as interesting as last year, with political turmoil across the world and we are just 3 months away from our own general election. If you are someone who watches the news regularly you may be shaking your head in a combination of amazement and horror at the insanity of it all.
But let’s scale it right back. We cannot change the world. Not as individuals anyway. It takes massive collective consciousness to effect long-lasting and powerful change in the world. What we can do is change ourselves and the way we show up in life and in our community. In this month of love (oh for the time when every month is the month of love!) how about if we change the way we see the space around us?
I can hear you thinking, what does that even mean? Well, there are enough books on the topics of ‘what you focus on increases’, the power of gratitude and how thoughts create reality. Plenty of quotes that remind us that we must be the change we want to see.
So what if, just for today, you start by changing the way you see your world and by extension, interacting with it?
Recently We Are White River asked the question on their Facebook page “So what do you love about White River?” Here’s mine:
- Magnificent full moon risings. Rising above Legogote, a deep fiery orange that changes to a brilliant white orb, sometimes with a halo of rainbow colours around it. Mesmerising as it silently hangs in the velvety, star-filled night sky, casting its glow over the land.
- The silence – even in town it’s reasonably quiet in the evenings. Spend one or two nights in a city with your senses assaulted by endless sirens, alarms and traffic and you will know what I mean.
- Always a tree in bloom no matter the season. Tumbling waterfalls of bougainvillea, that vivid fuschia colour against the brilliant turquoise sky hurts the eyes. A never-ending parade of nature’s palette from the flamboyants, jacarandas, tibouchinas and so much more.
- Seeing gymnogenes and long crested eagles perched in trees in the middle of town.
- At night our not-so-silent nature alive with the liquid calls of frogs, along with bats, cicadas, nightjars and owls.
- Monkeys, civets, genets, snakes, duiker, bush babies and yes even hippos and lions being part of our daily lives, even in town.
- Popping into the supermarket becomes an hour long visit because you keep bumping into people you know in every aisle.
- The markets that have become one big social occasion as people catch up with each other or make new friends. The restaurants and pubs where “everybody knows your name”.
- The way the community pulls together when one of its own is in need, or going through a traumatic time.
I am grateful I am not living in a concrete jungle, anonymous, faceless, going through the city grind, wishing I was somewhere else. I get to call that “somewhere else” my life. Daily I get to see lush green bush, mountains stretching off in the distance towards Sabie and Barberton. Fortunate to be close enough to nature to notice the passing of the seasons, the changing of light, the moon rising in different places. We can see the canopy of stars overhead, those big beautiful skies. Even if you live in town, in just 10 or 15 minutes you can be out on a country road. What’s not to love?
Perhaps, if life isn’t working out the way you planned, it’s time to change the way you look at things?
To focus on what you do have rather than what you don’t, focus on what you want rather than what you don’t want. Reach out and connect, see the life around you differently. What do you have to lose? Worth a try? I think so.
We have our royalty, our crazies, our characters, our do-ers and our moaners. We have the trouble-makers and the peace-makers, the way-showers and the risk takers. We all make up this melting pot of special souls who chose to call this town of White River home. We are community. For me, having that sense of community is one of the greatest gifts I know. Here’s to Love.