It was raining, late and I had to schlep downtown.  Yet none of these typical roadblocks stopped me from going with my friend to an art exhibit we were invited to.  Our expectation: some great work, a few glasses of good wine and a little networking.

But we were so hectic this week, we didn’t read our invitations correctly and ended up instead at a little, relatively-unattended show having no semblance of the work we expected to see.

To make matters worse, the showing consisted of about 10 photos of wild horses.  That’s it.  My thinking was that, okay, after about 5 minutes of horsing around (I know, horrible, but I just couldn’t resist!), what are we supposed to do?

But since we made the trip (and screwed up my husband’s ambition of going to his karate class), I pushed myself to “get into it.”  It turns out, the photos were totally arresting.  Roberto Dutesco, the photographer, was able to capture amazing scenes of horses in their purely natural state.

And the back story is even more captivating.  It turns out these horses live on Sable Island off Canada, an uninhabited island save for 2 people — the caretaker of the island and the scientist who studies and cares for the horses.  So these horses know no fear, no limitations and no human civilization for that matter.  They are truly free, and as you can see from the photo, strikingly beautiful.

Dutesco’s goal, he says, is to open people’s eyes to the beauty of the world’s natural state.  And, he hopes, this will encourage us all to treat our lands and, ultimately, one another in a more responsible, loving manner.

He summed up by saying, “luxury is about being aware.”   How true is that?!  The more we see, I mean really see, the more we appreciate.  And the more we recognize the beauty around us — our kids’ sense of humor, our friends’ compassion, the crisp air on an October day, and our favorite body feature — the richer we feel.

Of course that’s easier said then done when there’s laundry to be done, legs to shave and presentations to write.  But we all can try to be a bit more “aware” every day, no?  At the very least, I’ll never underestimate the tiny, neighborhood exhibit again!

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