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Updated: Oct 5, 2019

As I strolled through the Botanical Gardens snapping photos, I met an elderly lady who whispered to me, "Don't forget to look up."

She had observed me photographing flowers and butterflies and decided I needed to see a part of the garden frequently missed. Treetops blooming massive pink flowers, palms swaying in the gentle breeze, birds nesting in exotic branches...all too often go unnoticed by the park visitors. I began to look up and instead of seeing the garden through my camera lens, I stared at the blue sky and giant bamboo and decades-old mighty trees. She was so right and she changed the way I will experience all gardens.

"Look up." Perhaps these words represent more than the visual beauty hidden above us. Perhaps in troubled times we could take our lowly, pessimistic attitude and reverse course. Look up to an unwritten future. Look up to a different way of seeing your problems. Look up to fresh ideas. Look up when darkness surrounds you. You might like it and see secret beauty and happiness waiting to be discovered.

Dr. Molly Barrow earned her PhD

in clinical psychology and is a licensed mental health counselor and educator in private practice. She is the author of the Malia & Teacup children's books, Matchlines for Singles; and Step Parenting Essentials. Dr. Barrow is a relationship expert helping individuals, couples, families, and co-workers improve their relationships and communication skills. Her commentary and advice column, quotes, radio show, interviews, and articles are enjoyed worldwide in O Magazine, Psychology Today,, Parenting, Morning Blend,, Progressive Radio Network and Women’s Health.

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