Saturday, February 7, 2009

Looking Out

I've been listening to Michael Jackson's Hits a lot lately, and I'm reminded how brilliant a musician and lyricist he is. (I really miss the 1980's Jackson.)

One of my all-time favorites is Human Nature, both for the lyrics and because of its music. In the song, Jackson looks out over, first, the night time, and then the morning, telling us what he "sees" in the city.

In keeping with that thinking...

I want you to look out over the moment. Right now, this one you're in. What do you see? Feel? Hear? You can be literal or creative, as descriptive or vague as you want.

Tell me.

20 comments:

Janna Qualman said...

As I look out across this moment, I sense chances. Not just chances for rain and thunderstorms, but also chances for grabbing life, today, and making it what I want it to be. Potential for jumping into my dream, jumping into the person I want to be...

Melanie Avila said...

Hmmm... you're going to make me think this morning, eh?

As I look out at this moment, I feel relief that I can avoid an uncomfortable conversation for another day, and instead hang out with my dad. :)

Debbie said...

I'm not sure what I see, but I do miss the old Michael. I've made my kids watch the old videos on YouTube so they will know that he was great and I'm not completely insane for having liked him.

Janna Qualman said...

Melanie - LOL! ...I hope that conversation, whatever it is, goes well.

Debbie - I know! I've been lost in his clips on YouTube ALL morning. He was so, so great. I feel thrown back in the middle of my childhood crush.

Turkey Lurkey said...

I am looking out my window and I see gray clouds building a wall between us and the sun. Squirrels are jumping from branch to branch in the pine and fir trees. They look like little fuzzy acrobats as they navigate the the swaying branches. I can hear the Little Einsteins tune while two zombies stare at the images flashing on the TV screen. Maybe I should turn the TV off so the little zombies can watch the squirrels instead. :)

Cindy said...

As I look out across this moment, I see...the television, irritating in its content, but comforting in its predictability. Stacks of books I make futile promises to get to. I feel heaviness on my shoulders, as if the weight of the morning is struggling to let go. And yet I'm oddly on a precipice, teetering back toward that morning ache and forward to the promise of a more uplifting afternoon.

That was an interesting exercise. Thanks.

JOY said...

As I look out this moment, the sky has chased the sun away, my cat is guarding me two feet away so I'll feed him, and a voice is chanting in my head "make chocolate chip cookies". *laugh*

Kathryn Magendie said...

(I am glad you received the package! *smiling* -- see what I mean about small bulging envelopes! *laugh*)

I am lookin out over the birds at the feeders; the creek is singing; the mountains are all around me, like an embrace. It is a warm day for February and I've thrown open the door - lovely.

kimmirich said...

I too liked Micheal before he turned bad. : D

It's late now, so a beautiful sunset gives pause for poetry.

Joanne said...

In this moment, I feel happy that I successfully reinstalled my aol software to fix a problem. :)

Phew!

Janna Qualman said...

Turkey - Squirrels are interesting critters, no? :)

Cindy - Great contribution! Thanks for stopping by. :) Come back any time.

Joy - Mmm, I like the way you think. LOL!

Kat, it sounds so beautiful. We visiting the Smokies once about 15 years ago; stayed in a cabin on the mountainside. I'd love to go back.

Kimmi - That's great! (And I'm glad I'm not the only one...)

Joanne - Go you! I'm glad it wasn't down for long.

thedomesticfringe said...

I am looking out over the residue from a long day. I would share it all, but the truth is that I'm too tired. Lets just say it looks as if Hansel and Grettle walked through my home leaving a trail of crumbs behind them. The dog is to blame and it's stuffing, not crumbs. The white fluffy stuffing that embodies little furry animal toys is everywhere.

I think it's bedtime.
-FringeGirl

Josh said...

80's Michael was gifted. The Michael of today needs to stay 100 feet away at all times.

Jessica said...

huh.
This moment I feel an overwheming, uncomfortable desire to clean my bathroom. I try to resist, but in the end I know I'm going to succumb.

Josh said...

and now you know, cuz knowledge is power!

Greg C said...

When I look out, I see choices. I could complain about the two near misses I had the last two days or the fact that do more work than I get paid for. But instead I am thankful that I lived through two near misses and that I am able to work and I am good enough that the depend on me to do more.

I am not sure how I got here but you have a great blog.

Janna Qualman said...

FringeGirl - My timing is off... so I hope you had a good night's rest!

Josh - You said it.

Jessica - I hate it when we get sucked in like that. LOL!

Greg - Welcome, and thanks so much! Hope you come back. :)

MichaƩle said...

Hee hee! You and I were on the same wavelength yesterday...I wrote about how much I love my new Robert Plant/Alison Krauss CD....music to write by!

colbymarshall said...

in this moment, I see the loveliness of having time to just relax, the wonderful moment of quiet to myself.

Janna Qualman said...

MichaƩle - I read that! And I keep meaning to give it a listen. :)

Colby - That sounds wonderful!