Have you ever?
Have you ever gazed into the reflection of your eye, into the coloured part around the pupil, and seen the patterns and the depth that are there?
Have you ever stood at the edge of the sea, with your feet in the water, and looked at how the water moves the grains of sand and the small stones around your toes?
Have you ever looked up at the sky on a cloudy day and wondered about all the layers you’re not seeing?
Have you ever examined a leaf, felt the surface of it and looked at how all the little veins branch out from the stem to the edge?
Have you ever looked across a field of grass on a dewy morning and counted how many tiny spider webs there are?
Have you ever admired the undulating surface of the sea when the weather is calm and watched it be still but never flat?
Have you ever run your hand over a piece of clothing and felt it’s texture, and how all the tiny fibres link together with all the others to make something big?
Have you ever watched a single bird in a flock, how it weaves about through its companions without ever hitting them, and how the flock travels steadily, no matter how much each bird weaves?
Have you ever looked at all the little pieces of rock, moss and snow that make up the side of the mountain?
Have you ever noticed how each bubble forms in your champagne, or how they taste when they pop in your mouth?
Have you ever lain awake at night, listening to the sound the wind makes, and the sound of the pencil scratching across the paper?
Have you ever thought of how beautifully three dimensional the world can be if you just use your senses? Don’t waste them. One day you’re really going to miss them.
(From my hard drive, written some time before 2008)