Do you ever feel that you have defined life into such a focused view that you have difficulty accepting change? Not that you don't see the necessity, you just can't visualize the good that can come from doing things differently.
So you take a step back and try to view things from a different angle. Perhaps like Alice, seeing the looking glass world.
Trying your best to see things more clearly.
Still, things seem off kilter, not the way you are used to seeing them.
Then it hits you.
Stop trying to see the way things ought to be, by the way they have always been. Life is not black and white, rules laid out and unchanging.
This finally hit me last week as I was searching for tips on photography from all you wonderful bloggers. I had been bemoaning the many changes in my family's lives in the past few years.
Job loss, almost empty nest, going back to work after raising children all these years, things around here that need doing but just can't be managed right now... I want to stay "mommy", keeping the home fires burning, not letting go of the things that are flying out of my grasp, yada yada...you get the picture.
Living just didn't seem as bright and colorful as it had in the past. As I was touting my list of if only's and thinking of all the things I had planned and all of the things I thought I needed, it hit me. Like a stop sign right in the kisser.
At the top of my wish list for the past several years has been a digital SLR. Oh if I just had that camera all of my photos would magically be transformed. Poor me.
We can't even think of anything like that right now. Boo hoo.
So as I was reading all of those wonderful photo tips, the one that jumped out at me was...READ YOUR MANUAL!!!
Really? Well, gee whiz...seriously?...I never gave it a shot. My vision was so blurred by what I thought I needed that I never gave a thought to seeing things differently.
Come to find out, my camera can do all kinds of things I never paid attention to.
I have a great camera, capable of helping me capture lovely images. Not the one I thought I wanted. But the one that will work for me. The only one I need at this point.
Don't expect unbelievable photos any time soon, but, they may be a bit more creative...or at least clearer and brighter...I am learning new things...
Maybe I need to start thinking this way about my own life. There are so many vantage points from which to see the road ahead.
I will take more time to explore, change perspective, see in a different light.
It is time to shake things up a bit. Expect the best, or at least stop expecting everything to remain the same. Change the narrow view to allow other possibilities...
for gosh sakes at least pick up the MANUAL and learn a new trick or two...whatever your manual may be. Clear vision is just a change in perspective.
Taking a step back and looking with a new view in mind.
That said, I am feeling much better about new paths.
Oh, one more thing...Seeing the dining room "through the looking glass" so to speak...
Don't you think it looks too serious? In my new vision of home as a candy colored dream...
How about lemon cream?
I will always have the weekends, right?
One World One Heart give away winners will be chosen tomorrow!!!
I can't wait to see who will win my angel.
"The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning." ~Ivy Baker Priest
Yours in clear sight, P.