There’s lots of cliches about the New Year…resolution making, retrospectives on the year that passed, champagne at midnight, polar bear plunges on New Year’s day, and so many more.
And somehow, there is something about a new number for the year that encourages the idea of fresh starts, new habits…and maybe a new way of seeing the world. I got ready for my new year by heading up to our local mountains for a rare…and wonderful snowy day. You might remember last week that I said it never snows where I live. Well, that is still true, it didn’t snow in most of San Diego…but we did get enough snow in the mountains and surrounding foothills to create a winter wonderland.
For someone who seldom sees snow, this was a treat! The world looks entirely different when covered in a layer of white.
Even the familiar…dandelions and native plants take on new dimensions against a snowy backdrop.
And we couldn’t resist the urge to build a snowman…even if it was a miniature version!
I love the way snow creates a quiet space, there is a sense of a hush and opportunity for reflection and introspection.
Maybe that’s what the cows were thinking (although this was later in the day after lots of snow had melted…and at a lower elevation)!
I’m sure I’m not going to be able to depend on snow to give me new eyes to view my life this year. But maybe a ride high above the ground will help…like in these skyfari buckets at the zoo!
But mostly, I know, I will need to stay on the lookout for new ways to see what is most familiar to me. I couldn’t resist this shot of three seagulls as I walked to the parking lot at our local beach…seeing with new eyes in the new year!
What will you see this year as you look with new eyes?