A View From Within~

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
~ Henry David Thoreau

The view remains the same, unchanged, unaltered scenery
filled with images visible to those who see deeply with sensory feelings afire, versus those who only see the obvious, choosing to remain simple minded or selectively blind as to what truly matters.

It is the emotional response which differs as sensory perception & intention continue to misfire with no end sight – except from within.

Our senses of touch, sound, smell, taste, & sight compose a symphony when used with intentional appreciation. When these fantastical senses are taken for granted or used solely as functional organs, all which is beauty becomes lost in ruin.

This gloaming, cloudy perspective of what the world is (or should be) vacillates broadly in our portrayals of what’s good, bad, right, wrong… Lost is a sense of reality versus delusional dysmorphia.

In all of this lies the reminder of redemption & hope – Although sometimes our psyche is affected due to trauma or teachings, remember we are at risk of [“becoming what we pay attention to”] instead of who we are. Until we begin to observe others, the world, surroundings & all else we see, see fully. Blessed are we with the senses our bodies were born to use, we must take advantage & use, use fully.

Take a different look at the view. Respectfully, responsibly visualize every shape & movement with color; listen to every sound with thoughtful curiosity & emotional breath in your lungs as you take it all in. Upon exhaling, only then can we begin to decide what truly matters.

Explore things curious or paths unknown – bold or not, find the bliss amidst it all. And in this newfound peace, maybe, just maybe “common sense” can develop into a sixth sense to behold most mellifluously.

* paraphrased quote by Sue Monk Kidd

Author: Mary

ABOUT MARY ~ Mary is a "late-blooming" writer from Texas who enjoys exploring a variety of different styles & genres, however her deep passion for creative writing (poetry, essay, narrative interview & non-fiction) remains unwavering & most purposeful. Mary's personal & professional background is filled with an eclectic combination of business & art (e.g., music, performing arts, 15 years sales/marketing & special events planning in the private club industry). Mary is a 1990 graduate from The University of North Texas with a B.S. in Hotel/Restaurant Management. In 2001, life as she knew it would be dramatically & forever altered by the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) at age 35. Several years passed, searching for answers to unknown questions. This loss of reality, normalcy, & PURPOSE needed to be reinvented - renewed - rewritten. This disease is not a "one size firs all." MS affects everyone differently & can morph unpredictably, silently, relentlessly... day to day. It's not easy to figure out how to deal with disease & this vile invasion of an uninvited, unwanted "internal room-mate." Eventually, Mary also sought the help of a professional therapist which helped her learn important coping skills needed to tame/calm mood disorders & to encourage healthy ways in which to purge the noisy chaos inside the brain. And so the writing began... as did a newfound passion & purpose. This journey of reinvention became plausible via Mary's background & her desire to discover new creative outlets. As a student for life, Mary continues to explore & study the health benefits from turning off our "auto pilot switch" & instead focus on learning - consume new information & participate in new activities (Neuroplasticity). The gift of "resilience" is a glorious, powerful tool which stems from the endurance of life & it's many challenges. Resilience forces us to rise up & learn face issues (new & old) head on. Focus on the important things in life. Laugh & live selflessly with compassion, purose & passion. Connect with Mary at: 🔸Twitter: @pettigrew66, @MSpals 🔸Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MaryPettigrew48 🔸LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/maryppettigrew 🔸Instagram: 🔸http://www.mspals.org Acknowledgments and Press ~ * Creator & Co-founder of MSpals: A Global Organization (2014 - present) * Administrator & contributing author of content, posts, & interviews on the MSpals website: http://www.mspals.org ~ The Summer of Sport: Forward Poetry 2012 ~ Poetry Rivals Collection 2013 ~ Something On Our Minds Vol.III ~ Something On Our Minds Vol IV. Interviews: National Multiple Sclerosis Society's "Momentum Magazine" ~ 2013 = Art Therapy & MS ~ 2015 = Connecting Via Social Media Other works also featured on a variety of blogs, websites, videos, as well as other multimedia platforms including: www.pajamadaze.com www.disabled-world.com www.HealthCentral.com www.MyCounterpane.com www.MS&MeRadio/TBI Network iConquerMS/The Accelerated Cure Project WEGO Health

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