Remember the end of Forrest Gump when Forrest reflects back on his life to Jenny? Instead of speaking of the horrors of war, he chose to remember the star-filled sky when the rain stopped; he recounted the bayou sunset instead of the tough life of shrimping; spoke of the desert vistas instead of the pain and fatigue of his cross-country run. I hope to look back on my life in similar fashion. That requires a change of attitude which, as I've written, is the primary goal of the new year for me. I need to look at life more globally again and take in everything around me. I don't want to be so caught up in whatever may be bothering me....or whatever I'm eating...that I forget to notice what's going on around me. This may include a bit of nature I may be overlooking or something as simple as artwork on an eatery's walls.
I posted the below photo earlier, but it remains one of the more peculiar oddities at the Mud House coffeehouse in St. Louis. As much of the walls include some offbeat and surreal artwork (like the one featuring a snow-capped Michael Jackson), that's saying something. Still, the plastic baby peering from inside the wall is slightly creeptastic.
This outdoor floral arrangement above was certainly festive outside of Madison's Cafe (with the awesome Madison's salad) in Jefferson City. Courtesy of River City Florist, they beautifully lit of the downtown streetscape.
Pulling into the parking lot around dawn at the hotel, my mind is usually bound by thoughts of the day ahead. The neon sign simply look gorgeous in the morning light.
Finally, the setting at twilight from last year's Missouri Wine Festival at the Elms.
It's good to reflect but the goal is to appreciate less in retrospect and more in the moment. Here's to clearer vision...