Thursday Thought


Amidst all the mayhem and troubles that life can sometimes bring, be on the lookout for the tiny treasures that may be hidden within each day, for there is always beauty to be found.


I spy with my little eye

a baby Oriole spying back at me…


Can you even see it?  I could barely spot it, and I knew it was there.  The color of the leaves is great camouflage with the color of its feathers.


Playing I Spy with that little baby Oriole camouflaged up in that tree makes me think of the I SPY book series.  I worked in a school library for 11 years and some of the students’ favorite books to sign out were those I SPY books.   They’re a sort of picture puzzle, riddle book, each page is overly crowded with pictures of every day objects and the reader has to find a specific item hiding in plain sight amidst all the mayhem.  Some of them can be a bit challenging, even for me as an adult, and I’m great at puzzles.  I once had to undergo a battery of grueling tests, one of which consisted of being timed at putting together a puzzle from random shaped, abstract pieces.  I not only immediately figured out what it was supposed be, but I put it together in a matter of seconds, and apparently I was the only one who had ever succeeded in assembling it at all.  I’m not sure what that means in the grand scheme of my intelligence or my personality type at large, but if nothing else, at least it means I’m good at certain types of puzzles.  😉


I guess what my thought is, is that sometimes life is like that – like an I SPY book.  Sometimes the pages of our lives may seem overly crowded with this or that, and it’s a challenge to find the little treasures hidden in plain sight amidst all the mayhem (or amidst the camouflage of tree branches), but keep a lookout, there is beauty to be found.


Wishing you a day of beauty and hidden treasures…



✿~Peace & Love~✿

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28 responses to “Thursday Thought

  1. fun post Julie. Next time I have a puzzle or mystery to solve, I’ll give you and call. How are you at job searches? 🙂

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  2. What an inspiring post! I need to remember to look for the Orioles, even on those busy days when it seems like there’s no room for beauty and wonder.

    I enjoyed those I Spy books. They were fun to read with the kids. So fun, that I even purchased a few apps for my tablet just for me. 🙂

    I would think your super human ability to quickly solve puzzles like that means you’re able to look at things and see the big picture and not get caught up on little details – a good quality to have!

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    • Thanks Trisha! I love orioles, the male’s colors are so striking.
      I used to read them with Rachael too, but I think I was more interested in them than she was. 😉
      LOL @ “super human” you don’t know how often I wish I truly was!


  3. That’s true. Sometimes we concentrate on all the trees and completely ignore the treasure. We’re funny that way.

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  4. Oh my goodness! You got an oriole! Hurrah! Well-spotted!
    I loved the bit about the puzzle, too 🙂

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  5. Yes, perfect camouflage, and a good life lesson indeed! 🙂

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  6. A beautiful picture, with which you offer prundity

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  7. I spy an inspiring post 🙂 Thank you for sharing your visual spacial fabulousness and the oriole!!

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  8. Love this! Great comparison – your photo as an I Spy. I loved those books when my kids were young (I still have them!). That oriole is well-camouflaged. Nature is a wonder for sure! 🙂

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  9. Thanks Eliza, so glad you liked it! Those really are such fun books, I may have one I saved in a box somewhere from when my daughter was little too. Yes, nature definitely is a wonder! 🙂


  10. Great thoughts Jewels, that is what God has shown me also and my saying is ‘Look for the Treasure in the Trial” for there is always one to be had, if you look positively into it rather than negatively, for life’s hardships are to grow us and mature our character. Thanks for sharing this important truth!

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    • Thanks! In being somewhat of an eternal optimist, I usually have no trouble finding the bright side of things, and I most certainly always find the treasure after the trial, but sometimes it’s hard to find the treasure whilst in the midst of the trial – that’s where the real challenge comes in. And I’m so thankful for the moments when I’m able to meet that challenge. 🙂

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  11. Lovely post, Jewels.

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  12. I can see the baby Oriole. 🙂 Wonderful thoughts Julie! A beautiful day to you too!

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  13. I remember those books! What a cute bird. I would never have thought that yellow would make a good camouflage colour and yet … Maybe that is why I never see these guys. haha

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  14. Thank you Jewels and I wish you a peaceful week 🙂

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