Bella Vida by Letty

Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Recently, I went for an early morning walk run.  I didn’t get very far down the path before spotting a huge dragonfly on the ground.  I wasn’t sure it was dead but it was lying perfectly still.  Thinking about having it fly onto me gave me the creeps and its large dark fly like eyes made me feel disgusted but as I got nearer I noticed the stunningly beautiful colors on its body.  Vibrant shades of green and blue coming alive before my eyes in feigned movement under the glare of the morning sun similar to the optical illusions of cracker jack prizes.  This creature does have extraordinary beauty which gave me the courage to get close up for a photo.

debris on the beach in Florida

We each have the power to change our perspective if we take the time to do so.  There are days when everything seems so hard.  There are times when we just cannot find the right solutions.  Sometimes it takes slowing down and looking at things in another light to spark the right answers or at least get us going in the right direction.

debris on the beach in Florida

When I am behind the camera lens I am slowing down to really look at something.  For example, I was on the beach one afternoon and I noticed debris all along the shore.  From far away it looked like garbage but when I got near enough to really see the details something magical happened.  It became mysterious to think of where these bits and pieces came from ending up together at my feet on the shore. At what precise moment did they become beautiful?  Maybe when I began to define each and everyone individually.  Searching with hungry eyes for beauty.

driftwood debris on the beach in Florida

I lost something and I’m searching for solutions with this creative exercise.

Do you have methods to help you with problem solving?


“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”  Paulo Coelho 

 “Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.”  Gerard Way

 “Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not demanding more from yourself – expanding and learning as you go – you’re choosing a numb existence. You’re denying yourself an extraordinary trip.”  Dean Karnazes (Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner)


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