Perspective

Do you remember the controversy?

Dress ControversyYou know… That dress color controversy?

Some saw it one color and others saw it a different color. It made a viral trip around the globe with every news agency wondering about the true color, and how everyone saw it differently.

I have experienced the same issue with photographs taken with my iPhone. Modern cameras are driven by computer chips and programming, add in unique lens, and the natural shading of sun and shadows, then the end result of any picture taken can look differently than what is seen with the natural eye.

2014-04-15 14.12.24Consider this photo from one of the newly painted rooms in our house. I have periodically taken pictures of shapes and patterns to use for future blog postings, and this one caught my eye.

Do you see what I see? Two shades of colors meeting at a straight line. Essentially the edge between a wall and ceiling. However, the entire room is painted a single color! I checked the room for lighting (natural and man made) and there were shadows flitting about the room. But every picture I took of this one spot remained the same.

Two colors that meet at the edge of the wall and ceiling – but they are one color. The darker one.

The past few days I have been reminded that we each see the world shaded by our own personal lens. Lens that are created by our past, our thinking process, and our forward motions of life.

Each of us see the same situation through our own perspective.

Late last night I glanced at the dark sky as I prepared to go into the house. I always look for satellites hidden among the stars. You have to be willing to see movement and then follow it quickly. Is it a plane? Are there flashing navigational lights? Is it making movements or turns? UFO? Superman?

It all depends on your perspective and thinking process. Each of our imaginations fill in the gaps of what we see. Some see the glass half full, others half empty. Some experience laughter, while others weep.

In the Love Chapter, the Apostle Paul sums up his definition of love with this phrase:

“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” ~(1 Corinthians 13:11-13 ESV)

Children see, speak and think as children do. Adults no longer act as children, or at least they shouldn’t! What we see today is based upon our position in life.

What is your perspective today? Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Do you see the possibilities, or do you always see the difficulties?

I know the personality I want to hang out with!

 

 

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