Enchanted / by Roni Delmonico

I remember the day I took this photograph.  It was warm and everything was so lush and green and peaceful.  I don't often view our home from this direction because I'm usually on the bench looking the other way.  Looking somewhere other than our home.  We were out on the boat and I thought, gosh... it looks so pretty from this angle.  When I'm up there doing all the hard work, planting the flowers, mowing the lawn, trimming the bushes, weeding the gardens, staining the deck... I don't always see that.  It made me think of a great quote:

Distance lends enchantment to the view.
— Mark Twain

I thought about that a lot as I sat in my window seat this morning.  I am so often focused on the details that I forget to see the bigger picture.  That makes me a great macro photographer but as a woman, I think I need to back up so I can see the whole garden again. Head out to the water and look back at all we've done and how beautiful it is.  It didn't happen overnight.  It took 2 years of hard work to fix the things that were broken down and in need of repair and re-planting after three years in foreclosure.  And it's taken steady work since then, to maintain and keep it weed free and healthy.  Why would we work so hard on our homes, and then neglect our own hearts?