I’ve just got back from my summer holidays in Croatia. It’s a beautiful country. If you haven’t already done so you should visit.

I particularly enjoyed going for a swim in the sea, especially early in the mornings. I had pretty much most of the beach to myself. The waves were benign and the water so clear that I could see fish swimming all around me. Try it – it’s nourishment for the soul!

I noticed that there was an artist on the beach and most mornings she would be there painting a seascape capturing the early morning light playing on the water. I stopped and watched her work. She applied layers of oil paint to give the picture layers of deep colour, depth, and complexity.

I wondered what she was painting because I couldn’t make any sense of it.

I asked her and she replied, “I’m painting the sea.”

To me, it looked nothing like the sea. Everyone knows that the sea is blue.

“But I don’t see much blue of the sea. How is that the sea?” I asked.

“Well, look at this sea,” she replied patiently.

“I’m looking and this sea is blue!” I said.

“Hmm,” she smiled. “Look at it again. See it for what it is and not what you think is there.”

I looked once more. And now I saw all sorts of different colours…whites, greens, mauves, reds, yellows…and many more. I also saw some blue!

I realised a valuable lesson – if you look beyond a superficial gaze you can often see below the surface and discover a hidden source of richness and complexity.

What are you looking at but not seeing?

To your success…seascapes

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