A change in perspective might help us see variety, beauty, glory, and hope.
“Not quite as vibrant this morning, was it? But it is always great to see. Never tire of it.”
The observation came from a Parks and Recreation official Roxie and I see from time to time on our sunrise beach walks. Some mornings the clouds add various textures, levels, and vibrancy to the colors as the sun pops out from the water. Other days, what the clear blue sky may lack in variety of hues it gives back with a brilliant glow that bounces off the waves crashing to the shore.
That is when I look for a different perspective. It might be shadows cast by the sea oats or the reflections off beachfront homes. Or I might catch the morning light as it gives a luminous glow to a darkened patio light.
Each day brings something new. Sometimes we have to search a bit harder to find that offering. It’s too easy to say, “Oh, seen it before. Nothing new here.”
As I took the photo of that light above, two thoughts—metaphors—came to mind.
- On days that seem to be filled with anything but clearness and brightness, the clouds give texture to our life. They may be there to force us to look at the unfolding day with different eyeglasses.
- On days that may not seem as vibrant and exciting as we would like, a change in perspective might help us see variety, beauty, glory, and hope.
We have to be willing to change our perspective.
Video recommendation for the Week:
Speaking of sunrise…a video I shot a few years ago and the different perspectives that it offered as the day dawned.
Make it a great week and HTRB has needed.
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