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Every 7 Seconds

Every time we open our eyes, we have a choice as to how we view the world. In those famous words of novelist Marcel Proust:

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

It was a drizzly grey day and we were on our way home from Yorke Peninsula, South Australia.

What could have been a fairly ordinary trip became a voyage of discovery. I became entranced by the gentle back and forth of the windscreen wipers and each new ‘reveal’.

With new eyes, I gathered the richness of each moment to me. And marveled at the next and the next as they each arrived.

This poem was written from the passenger seat …

Every 7 Seconds

Raindrops land
Clear splashes of paint
Across the windshield
Wiped clean

In 7 Seconds

A new view
Fresh and clear
Tree tops outlined pristine
For a moment

Smudged back
Into hazy mystery
A new vista emerges
Once again

Blue skies hidden
Resting awhile
Behind a world of pale grey

Muted

Subtle shapes suspended
In mid-air
Resting upon the treetops
Washing clean this moment

Colours subtly shifting
Hints of pale blue
A sky mirage to the eye
Blinking
Shape shifting

Cloud shifting

Perfect tiny spheres
Landing gently on the pane
Wiped away occasionally now
Revealing a greater expanse

Of blue

Fence lines
White lines
Telephone lines
Pointing the way

Corny Point
Minlaton
Port Victoria
Circled numbers holding sway

“Wombat crossing here”
Eyes scanning
Side to side
Alpacas
Emus
Jaunty orange hats
Planted with pride
Purpose unclear!

A burst of white
Dancing hues of pink and lilac
Salt crystals
Sparkling

A blink
A glance
A new horizon
New wonder
New hope

As raindrops continue
To paint
Their watery story
Afresh
Every
7 Seconds.

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Nicola Lipscombe
Nicola Lipscombehttps://www.nicolalipscombe.com/
Nicola Lipscombe is a book lover, a Tree Sister, a poet, a story catcher, a photographer, and a mindfulness practitioner who adores nature, street art, and her collection of (op shop) denim jackets. She also happens to be a global professional speaker, facilitator, and coach who bridges western science with eastern philosophy and ancient wisdom practices. She is the Creator of HeartWise™ Leadership, Powerful Listening, Powerful Speaking and Friday’s Mindful Moments and is the Co-Creator of #SOULWALKING. She works with leaders and human change-makers to authentically and powerfully transform themselves from the inside out. She has been featured in Inspiring Workplaces (UK), TNT Explode The Status Quo, The Happiness Project (India), and on Side Walk Talk (US). Constantly learning she has degrees in Pharmacy, Higher Education, a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology, and a growing collection of certifications including Neurolinguistic Programming, DISC® Advanced, Management Practices, Resilience, Coaching, Hear With Heart, and The Art of (Feminine) Presence. A former pharmacist and academic her quest is now one of AWAKENING, CONNECTION, and BELONGING. An introvert by nature she seeks deeply meaningful conversations. If you want to talk to her about spirituality, consciousness, meaning, mattering, and belonging she is all ears (and heart). If you want to talk about your latest gizmo, 3 Steps to Guaranteed Wealth or mention the word ‘pivoting’ … she is not interested … really!

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