Today I saw
eleven children shooting hoops outside my home
a crocus, snowbells, daffodil
an art gallery on ZOOM
dishes that needed to be washed
a mom with a smile on her face, pushing her little one in a stroller
an employee sanitizing grocery shopping carts
weeds growing in the yard
colour … on leaves, on cars, on clothing, in the sky
words on a page in a book
a face looking back at me in the mirror reminding me of my mom
strawberry leaves poking their heads above the straw
a grocery reminder list I’d written 
a rainbow

Today I opened my eyes
expecting to see 
and wasn’t disappointed.

Joy and gratitude appeared
in the ordinary
in the spectacular

What I saw this afternoon when I took this photo
was breath-taking.
Rainbows always are to me
but surely no more so
than the possibilities which abound
each and every day
simply by looking
being grateful
and looking beyond the obvious.

Downloading my photos tonight
I saw what could be a double rainbow (!)
I didn’t see it this afternoon when I took the photo.

A gentle reminder 
of the personal growth which may appear
when we consider ‘beyond the obvious’
in what we see
what we hear
what we believe
and even what we think
we see, hear, believe.

Sometimes the learning,
the lesson,
is obvious.

Sometimes the learning,
the lesson,
is ‘beyond the obvious.’

© June Maffin