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Clarity is a precise measurement of transparency, unclouded perception, unobtrusive vision, and unwavering objectivity.

Image photography by Angela McMullen

It is derived from a complete connection to all parts of oneself. It is the perfect alignment of beliefs, knowledge, and emotional steadfastness.

It is a learned application of knowledge-based beliefs and emotional balance, in any given situation.

It is a complete understanding of the meaning of life and embracing it. It is a comfortable acceptance of situations and circumstances befalling the human condition.

Clarity is the ability to recognize the bigger picture, the not-so-obvious clues, and to be able to connect the parts based on this broader perspective.

Inevitably, clarity is the summation point of balance, surrender and detachment from ego-driven emotion.

Clarity enables one to humbly make the best decision with reverence and humility. Clarity is an unobtrusive vision of every angle, every corner, every hidden fact. It is the most transparent visibility, and the most unclouded perception of truthfulness in purest form.

With clarity, an all-encompassing stance is taken in every matter of human experience.

The clarity derived from astute attention to detail is invaluable. Clarity is inevitably attainable to the observer, to the seeker.

Clarity can be learned and experienced in the most unexpected places, and at the most unexpected times; in the face of a boulder, in the split-second formation of a cloud and in it’s contrasting layers. It can be felt in the effusive waterfall, in the mirage of a tapered evening and in the silence of a response.

It is found in dual water droplets that descend from caves of mystic intelligence, and in the blood of a pine tree.

It is in the smile of every child, in the acceptance of the misunderstood, in the reaction of an enraged.

Moments of clarity surface in the ignorance of man, in the aged hands of the elderly, in the quietude before sunset.

It can be learned in the exclusion from the majority, in the assumptions of the feeble-minded, in the corruptions of the human mind.

Clarity can be triggered by the first evening star, in the gathering of harvest and in the haphazard flight of the firefly.

It can be noticeable in the eye of a stranger, in the sparse words of wise men. Clarity lies in the observation of arrogance.

Most powerfully, it is felt during loss of love and in the climax of intimacy.

The clearest details emerge and disperse, ebb and flow, swiftly, without announcement, but is always noticeable to the observer, to the seeker and to the lifelong learner.

The power derived in the attainment of clarity equates to a balanced life, a wholesome life free from unnecessary shackles of blurred vision.

Angela McMullen is a freelance writer who lives and writes in maritime Nova Scotia, where she is inspired by the rhythm of the Bay of Fundy tides, the pulse of long-standing forests, the expansive fields of the Annapolis Valley, the backdrop of North and South mountain ranges, and the distinction of the four seasons.

Angela's most recent work is a slim book of poetry that captures the pure essence of nature and her unwavering resilience. Infused with undertones of Italian influence, this collection of poetry speaks for itself.

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