In Appreciation of the Sky, the Trees, the Light, and the World Beyond My Windows

by Judy Stone-Goldman on November 15, 2014

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We have beautiful window views in our current home, and the views have enriched our lives through 20 years. We made it a point to be appreciative of the views, welcoming the different patterns of light and dark. We recognized that the large windows and expansive views gave us breathing room and space. Now, as we approach our move, we are increasingly conscious of how much we will miss these familiar sights of trees against the sky and the many shades of light from dawn to dusk. To honor this part of my goodbye, I’m posting pictures taken from my home. Some were taken from the inside, through several different windows, and others from the outside, from the deck, front steps, or immediate street area. I do not tire of the views, which change in mood and energy as light and seasons shift over the months.

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tree in mist_optpink sky_opttree from street_optnight closes in_optrainy day_optsun through tree_optclouds over field_optblue skies_optmoon in dark night_optmoon at dusk_optdeep sunset_opt

When we leave something we love, we face the complex task of holding and honoring multiple feelings:

sadness at the leaving

pleasure at memories that billow up

gratitude for what we’ve received

fear that we’ll miss the old

excitement for what lies ahead

By joining with me in viewing these photos, you help me bring my appreciation to full consciousness and, in this way, support me in my good-bye.

 

What do you want to be conscious of today? What routine part of your life deserves to be acknowledged?

Do you have any mixture of emotions that needs to be held?

 

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GayleM
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November 16, 2014 at 7:10 am

Judy, your experience and feelings about leaving very particular and familiar light and views are so like what we encountered in our move in September. We had enjoyed and appreciated our apartment views of the Manhattan skyline and the East River for 8 years. I think I most feared missing it too much. Happily, that has not been the outcome. We have very different views, and our orientation to the light is 180Ā° different. But we have large windows, and the nearest buildings are much lower than our floor. This offers plenty of open sky and lots of different things to observe. I’m a little surprised at how quickly we stopped comparing the two spaces, except when others ask us about the change. I completely understand where you are in this transition. I hope your adaptation to your new home occurs as gently as ours did.

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Judy Stone-Goldman
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November 16, 2014 at 9:44 am

Gayle, Thank you for the support and the encouragement that comes with your “voice of experience.” Our current house is up high enough that light and sky embrace us. This won’t be the same in the new house, but whatever the view, we will find a connection to the world outside our little haven. I also appreciate hearing you say how you compared the two spaces at first – I know we will do this, and I have to remember that a transition of this magnitude does take time. {{appreciation to you}}

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William+Charlebois November 16, 2014 at 7:49 am

I’ve been looking at the new tiny home movement that many people are embracing now. Most of the homes are much smaller than I can imagine being liveable. However, they are full of windows. I’ve always thought the number of windows is the most important part of a home. Add a deck, and you’re ready to go. Well, in the case of a home, stay. Being able to see trees and have light streaming in keeps me from going stir crazy. Your photos are gorgeous! I hope your new home has many wonderful views!

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Judy Stone-Goldman
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November 16, 2014 at 9:48 am

Bill, I can’t tell you how many discussions we had about the necessity of windows, light, and trees! (And we added “high ceilings” to our wish list because otherwise the living areas felt too small and limited.) Without question, we are leaving light we love and views that won’t be replaced, but I am looking forward to learning how light moves through our house during a day. I like your idea of a “window metric” — what a great way to compare houses on the market. Thanks so much for the support. It gives me courage!

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Liz Gow November 16, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Dearest Judy
What a beautiful way on allowing us to view ‘a window’ of your life and transitioning. I really connected with the images and the sentiments, reflections you made, that bitter/sweet spot that we often try to get over as soon as possible. I love your honouring and gratitude and as I am consciously changing some things that no longer work for me but use to I hold these essences. I love the ‘gallery’ that will always be with you and how wonderful to be sharing this with your husband. Wishing you all the very best. Love and hugs, xx

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Zara Gamage November 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm

hi Judy, thank you for sharing your photos. I remember when I was about 28 my parents sold our family house. I took many photos of the view, and all of the house inside and out it was a very important ritual for me. I wish I had done it with my beautiful log house I moved to of from my children’s house of their first 8 years. I may have shot a video ??? Hmmm I wonder.
I love the creative memory of view that are important to us.
Blessings during your transition
Zara

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Judy Stone-Goldman
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November 28, 2014 at 9:20 am

Zara, I hope you find that video! Images become such a wonderful piece of the “letting go” and “moving on” that transitions require of us. When my family moved from a childhood home (a home that rested deep in my psyche…), I was away at camp. I really didn’t participate. This was a mistake and, I believe, reflected my inability to really process the complex emotions I must have felt. I am grateful to be conscious and engaged with my current move. Thanks for being part of that with your comments.

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