My real life friend, Janice, graciously agreed to guest post for our Ordinary Beauty #write31days series. She describes her bent for detail and reveals how that gift enables her to see beauty in things often ignored. Janice is an ordained pastor with The Salvation Army and mom of 4 lively, beautiful, serving young adults and Nana to three precious ones she sees too seldom. You can also visit her at her blog, Crafted from the broken pieces.
I’m a detail person – as in I see little details that need to be taken care of or little details that other people don’t always seem to notice. This is sometimes seen as being too picky or a perfectionist. I see all the little issues that will need to be figured out when someone is explaining the big picture of their latest plan. Some people view that as trying to kill their dream. I’m not. Really! Sometimes I miss a lot of what is going on around me because I get too focused on something small that other people would not notice.
I have a friend who often recognizes in random people the traits of someone they know or someone famous. She will say “Doesn’t that waitress look just like so and so?” I don’t know. I didn’t notice. I noticed that she had a stain on her apron and bites her nails, or I’ve been looking at her eyes that are an incredibly complex shade of green but I didn’t take in the whole picture. Some people see the forest. Some people see the trees. Me? I see the beetle climbing across the leaf attached to the branch, growing from the limb of the tree. There are times when I step back and take in the whole picture but as sure as I do there’s a glimmer, speck or smudge and my attention is quickly drawn back to the little details. That is not always a bad thing. It makes me very good at certain aspects of my job. I also think it gives me a different perspective from other people. A different perspective is often needed and can be a good thing. Because I see the world this way, I often see beauty in the most interesting places.
I love the beauty of the wood and the ivy coming together.
I am fascinated by the way sunlight and shadow moves on the water or how the breeze plays through the grass and trees. I love finding flowers when they are growing in an unusual way or place or especially when it seems it shouldn’t be possible to grow where they are blooming. I stop to watch butterflies and to examine carefully crafted spiderwebs. I notice people –the way they smile, how they look for affirmation or interact with others. I notice the girl trying to hide how she feels about something or the sadness that crosses the Dad’s face when he thinks no one is paying attention. I see the fascinated toddler, the joy of learning something new. I look to see who you are when I look into your eyes – “the doorway to the soul”.
I don’t have to look for the beauty in the world around me. It finds me. I see it in the most unexpected places and always it reminds me of a Creator with the most amazing imagination who created a world full of treasures for us to find. I am so thankful for the ordinary, everyday splashes of beauty I find in the little details that make up this big picture we live in.