The question is not what you look at, but what you see. It is only necessary to behold the least fact or phenomenon, however familiar, from a hair’s breadth aside from our habitual path or routine, to be overcome, enchanted by its beauty and significance.Henry David Thoreau

Glorious abundance greets me when I step out into nature. Glimpses of the undiscovered country enchant and instruct me as to The Real. The only goal is to return to the space in which I woke – driven only by childlike eagerness. My mind wanders across a transcendent landscape without labels. Worlds arise from slight variations in perspective.

Transitory transitions from the common to the wonderful occur within me as I encounter the indescribable. Words form but are set adrift upon the subconscious sea only to wash up later on the page upon returning. Before that, intellect is happily subdued by fascination.

In this state of reverence, subliminal patterning calls attention to odd details and strange aspects of light and shadow. I always take several photos from slightly different views whenever I find something of interest. Looking at them later, I decide which I can use to frame a narrative. As in any creative work, the small details bring the work to life.

Get out of your routine. Step up from the rut you’re stuck in. Don’t become complacent about life. Gain a new point of view by refocusing, even slightly, on positivity. We cannot always choose the paths we walk, but we can change what we choose to see along the way. Transcend the pessimistic and antagonistic. Adopting even a hair’s breadth of a new angle can reflect previously unnoticed beauty. Recognize the truly significant in your life. Peace.

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Read my books at: Wheeler was a monthly magazine and weekly newspaper editor during the time he lived in China from 2007-2019. In China he worked for: Education Ministry, Tourism Ministry and Propaganda Ministry. In addition to his magazine and newspaper work, Wheeler edited and contributed to: multiple travel guides; numerous textbooks; several research and translation projects; and advertising copy for countless clients. As a university lecturer, Wheeler developed several university courses including Appreciation of Western Poetry and Introduction to Journalism. He taught Writing, Literature, Culture, Film, and other subjects. His success as a foreign teacher and editor led to Wheeler being awarded Teacher of the Year honors several times at two major universities. In addition to writing, Wheeler was an actor in China. He was on a television show; and the voice for Hangzhou Tourism as well as acting on stage. Wheeler's most unusual role was being the spokesman for a wallpaper adhesive company.

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