Carolyn Harris Sparkman wrote..
"Pretty amazing...like a lot of people I know…if you stand back and look from a different angle…they aren't what they seem."
"Pretty Amazing! They aren't what they seem...," those words from my friend is the inspiration for this blog.
What she was talking about was pictures that a photographer took of various places from different angles. Like this…
The Taj Mahal
From the front it looks so beautiful, clean, pure and white, but let's look at it from another angle...
Yes, that's the same place, but from a different angle! Not so pretty, pure, and white now, huh?!
What happens when a photo is taken from another angle?
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What my friend said with relation to the article about different pictures showing various angles made me think. What if we stopped for a moment, contemplated, and considered our lives in a "wide-angle" way?
Most of us spend a lot of our time looking closely at the mirror making sure there's nothing in our teeth, that all of the stray hairs are no longer astray, and that all the moment to moment priorities are met, but rarely do we step back and consider the bigger picture. I'm talking about just stopping in the middle of the mind numbing business of life...I'm talking about stepping way back, and taking a cinematic panoramic look!
As I slide on my fictional "wide-angle" lens and look around the world, my eyes are given new site, and I'm opened and made aware of the possible angles I normally may not see. Up close everything seems perfect, in proper working order, and seems to operate the way it should. But looking wider, your life isn't as it seems. It's cluttered with work, bills, pain, and sorrow. Some people are surrounded by filth and waste, other's may be drowning in it, and all the while we don't even know it. I also learned how at times there is beauty in this muddle of a world. But the concrete of the matter is...depending on what angle you're looking at, viewing from, or showing, things aren't as they may seem.
Some of us only show the beauty. Some of us only show the nasty. And then there are those that show only certain angels of themselves and their lives depending on whatever agenda or motive they may have. There are also people that only look at the close-ups or the beauty shots. While some only can see the negatives, the deviations, the unhappiness in life, others only notice the beauty and goodness. It's all about perspective, and the angle from which you're looking.
In short, I'm not saying that one way of looking at life is the correct way. I'm just saying that we should change up the scenery once in a while and consider the millions of variations and possibilities of viewing life out there available to us. Change your angle and see how it could possibly change your world!
Just as the poet Walter de la Mare wrote in his poem "All But Blind"
Well my interpretation, there is more than one way of seeing…..
All but blind
In his chambered hole,
Gropes for worms
The four-clawed mole.
All but blind
In the evening sky
The hooded bat,
Twirls softly by.
All but blind
In the burning day,
The barn owl
Blunders on her way.
And blind as are
These three to me,
So blind to someone
I must be.
~Walter de la Mare
Born in the city and raised in the mountains of Ky. Taking on life one day at a time!