Day 2848: Look into the distance

Yesterday, after a restorative Nia (Non-Impact Aerobics) class on ZOOM, the wonderful instructor Suzanne Cohen told us to spend the day using our eyes to look into the distance, because we spend so much time with our eyes focused on screens (like now!).

When I look into the distance, I see

  • hope,
  • change,
  • joy,
  • sadness,
  • all the feelings,
  • celebrations,
  • disappointments,
  • hard work,
  • restorations,
  • reparations,
  • losses,
  • gains,
  • beauty, and
  • so much more.

What do you see when you look into the distance with me?

Sometimes, when we look into the distance, we see ourselves. If we widen our perspective, we might see …

… everything.

Here‘s Bette Midler singing “From a Distance.”

When I look into the distance, I also see gratitude, which is close at hand.

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22 thoughts on “Day 2848: Look into the distance

  1. I see some good land/seascapes and a little duplication:)

  2. I don’t think I ever realized before why I like to look out over water, but as it stretches off into distance sea and sky become one–a reminder that we’re all part of a vast universe that goes on and on.

  3. I think look into the distance is also a way to de-focus your eyes and rest those muscles, because at “infinity” in photography means every will be in focus and the lens will no longer “work” to focus on the subject which is always closer to one. The human eye works likes a camera lens too.

  4. Some of your photos are not loading for me this morning, which is rare. My iPad may have a poor connection. That is okay. I enjoyed the photos that did load, especially one of the seagull on the short wall. Also the jaywalking comic. If I look into the distance right now I notice that the sun is not up yet and I think I will be able to see more a little later.

    • I’m having trouble with the new editor and getting all my photos to load, Maureen, so you are not alone!

      • I returned and am now able to see more photos. I love the one of the happy face stone on what I think is granite. (It looked like sand at first.)

  5. Your world view looks good in front of my eyes this morning, Ann.

  6. puella33

    Looking into the distance is like looking into the future, which I think is a good thing because it gives us hope. I remember you said we have to live only in the present- right now the present sucks, excuse my language.. I see a lot of freedom in your photo of seagulls. Have a nice day, Ann

    • I encourage people to take a break from looking into the future with anxiety and to take a break from looking into the past with regret by spending some time enjoying the richness and beauty that is there in the present (even when the present sucks, like now). Nobody can live only in the present — humans are just not built that way. That’s just an ideal to strive towards, if it helps you. And looking anywhere with hope always helps.

      It’s always a good thing to look here and find a thoughtful and thought-provoking comment from you. Many thanks for reading!

  7. Water, water everywhere (almost), nor any drop to drink!

  8. when I look in the distance I see a positive change for our world, whether I have my glasses on or not.

  9. When I look into the distance, I see hope and a desire for change. Thx for reminding us to keep out eyes on the long view, Ann!

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