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Whether you are Christian or not, Christmas is a good time for renewal of innocence and wonder. The common sights of people excitedly opening gifts, decorating homes and public streets in lights, retelling stories of miracles and merriment — such experiences can rekindle in us a joyful pursuit of the good and the beautiful.
As I washed my hands this morning with soap foam, I glanced at the prismatic bubbles on my skin and recalled the joy in the eyes of young nephews and nieces as they play with bubbles. Sometimes they prefer to make the bubbles themselves. Other times, they hand me the wand and chase the bubbles to catch and pop.
The key to attractive photography, I find, is to seek that childlike sense of wonder. It is easier to recall when faced with grandeur. But there is so much in little things we forget to notice.
A preferred pastime of mine is to explore the virtual worlds of video games and admire the fruits of imagination unshackled by the constraints of reality. Architecture is divorced from economics, gravity, and material limitations. Movement is not slowed by stamina or risk of injury. Dangers may be dared and every option explored, knowing that any failure will be erased by the reset of time. Like films and paintings, games let us see the dreams which novels describe.
I would love to travel more (and could make a priority of it). Landscapes and architecture are the chief objects of my attention while traveling. But the costs of money and time are often prohibitive, so I settle for enjoying scenes real and not as presented on a screen. Sometimes it doesn’t feel so much like settling.
What are the experiences that refresh your appreciation of the world’s better qualities? To what do you turn for inspiration or relief?Published in