April 9, 2012
I started thinking about the expression, "looking at life through rose-colored glasses" while searching for pink colored shots in my Flickr photo pool for last week's Tickled Pink post.
Defined by the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the expression rose-colored glasses means favorably disposed opinions : optimistic eyes. According to the Cambridge online dictionary, the expression means a happy or positive attitude that fails to notice negative things, leading to a view of life that is not realistic.
Well, I definitely think I am realistic.
And I do focus, or try to anyway, on the positive and not the negative. Also, I do my best to remain optimistic, which isn't always easy when you consider that I live in a country where pessimism could be considered a national sport.
The reason I remain optimistic is because France still captivates me.
I continue to be charmed by little stone houses with faded shutters and walking into the boulangerie with its sweet, yeasty aromas hovering in the air. I love shopping at the markets and don't mind waiting in line to buy vegetables, cheese and crème fraîche from a local farm.
I love the attention to detail, whether it be a chocolatier's beautifully designed window display, stacks of perfectly arranged asparagus, carrots or peonies at the market, or by the hand-shaped door knockers that wear delicate lace sleeves and gemstone rings.
An hour sitting at a café, people watching, is one of my favorite pastimes, and don't even get me started on the scarves!
So, am I looking at life through rose-colored glasses?
Well, I do have "optimistic eyes," though I am not someone "...that fails to notice negative things, leading to a view of life that is not realistic." Believe me, sitting in the waiting room at the sous-préfecture with your dossier, hoping that the fonctionnaire du jour will be kind enough to process your papers that day will most definitely keep you grounded in reality.
I think I am simply trying to live in the moment, keep my sense of humor and appreciate the beauty that is around me.
I think it is about the little things in life and I try to remember that.
Every. Single. Day.