Align | Owner In Residence

raphael
September 26th, 2017

Align | Owner In Residence

raphael

September 26th, 2017

Welcome to my home in the midst of blossoms and barks; it’s a peaceful place with no traces of superficial glaze.

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I wake up inhaling the gentle fragrance of flowers, cranking my head in different directions and angles to get various perspectives—the otherwise straight monument appears a tad tilted in its reflection and the petals that look fuller in soft light, seem paper thin in harsh glare. In this manner, I invest hours studying the play of elements—weather, movement, geometry, etc.,—that come together in harmony to create awe-inspiring nature. Where education sharpens my mind, it prompts me to accumulate emotions that come to hold true for me.

The reality is also that with the passing of time, my peaceful moments are far and few— flocks of numbed humans chaotically descend to clamour and litter, while chronicling their fake perfection—for other people to approve. There is no creature from the animal world or element of nature that wakes up each day reminding the world of their perfection while seeking approval: “Look at special me; I am better than all of you.” For all their self-claimed superiority, humans exist with inferiority—justifying and normalizing destructive behaviours. To know this low self-esteem disease has destroyed an entire generation is a reason to be alarmed.

I often wonder what stops this trite tribe from arriving at the point of thinking and always reach the same conclusion: that perhaps what man does not possess, he cannot reclaim.

In stark contrast, to aimless and loud commentary families, is a family of four etched in my mind. Within the structure of an endearing picnic, they constructed a creative environment—integrating their experiences with imagination and curiosity. They were connecting with the elements of life with their senses—they touched the grass, smelt the blossoms, and listened to the varied sounds of nature. The children were seeing the world interpreted through their parents histories and how they had found meaning in life. I was just as enthralled with the sun ceaselessly changing the hue of blossoms as I was of the children’s world suffused with richness.

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I wasn’t alone in admiring this sublime family—my friend, Livia, was just as intrigued. I had to repeatedly whistle across the branch to get Livia’s attention as she was intently listening to the father who was educating his children about Livia’s family—the European Starling’s—on how their dull winter plumage transformed into an iridescent spring mosaic. While Livia reviled the selfie-addicted crowd that had forced her to retrieve into her nest hole, she murmured praise on this family.

This family’s richness uplifted us, leaving Livia and me to agree that birds of a feather do flock together and though humans are not birds, it’s the mindset of individuals that makes them belong to a flock who engage in life with discretion and wonder.

Heera

 

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