Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
Are you really looking at what is right before your eyes, there is beauty in all creations.
Many of us have an opinion, a perception, our own point of view – and of course our view is more right and in many cases holds more merit than someone else’s. We had the best experience and our version happens to be the top seller.
But is it?
Why was ours the best experience, in-turn topping and discrediting the one being told ?
With all experiences come lessons, some of those lessons being good and then others that are not so good. There are people from many different cultures that believe all lessons being learnt have been individualized to help each of us with our spiritual growth.
So often we somehow feel compelled to express our version of the story without even being asked – rather than just listening to someone else’s story and enjoying it, we feel the need to voice our experience.
This is THEIR experience, THEIR story and it’s just as important and meaningful as the one you’re living.
Have you ever caught your voice slowly raising its volume higher and higher only because it thinks it’s not being heard? And then when you’re in a group of storytellers everyone’s volume keeps going up and up ( Sounding like un-conducted orchestra just warming up ) – a room filled with unorganized noise where no one is really listening.
Everyone’s pages of the story are thought to have been written better and all are wanting to be heard – because possibly their story has more drama, more action, more characters, more Wow, more punch, more-more-more.
I have to tell you my story because it’s better – come on listen – hey! Why aren’t you listening?” We are almost yelling and not even noticing it.
See how easy it is to want to say hey – hey my version is better written and you need to listen.
I have, and it took a lot of self-realization before I was able to silence that voice which happens to go by the name of Ego. Ego is a hard beast to face and admit to – first it takes awareness, then ownership and a lot of endless effort to finally tame it.
The villain Ego has never been completely silenced or conquered. Ego simply hunkers in waiting for our guard to be down so it can leap out when we are least expecting and then take over the show.
Once recognized it’s a continuous and ongoing effort to subdue and keep Ego at bay.
A point of view is just that – a point of view. An individuals encounter of story that has the same back drop but was played at a different time and with different actors thus making the experience not the same version as the one you, or they, experienced.
In many cases, if not all of them, it’s better to enjoy the story rather than adding your version to someone else’s script.
Of course this is true but in the case when your asked to give your perception of the experience don’t steal the show with your version making the other story teller feeling the need for a total rewrite – give a few highlights of yours but really keep the content of your story for another time.
Sit back and add value by just being a captive Audience.
Life is a journey that is as individual as we all are, for someone to live your experience only inhibits their path and subsequent growth.
Life is our school yard, learn we will and fall we must. They both go hand in hand helping creating the pages of our story and experiences that were traveled in this life time.
Listen, learn, experience and grow into the amazing you that was created.
With every step comes a new door way, a new experience, a new opportunity. We are the visionarys of our lifes journey, make it all yours with out any regrets. For its your experience and needs to be personalized, to be accepted and cherished. Wether good or bad its yours and has been played for you, accept it, learn for it, embellish it. We are one of a kind and need to follow no ones path -but are own.
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.
While strolling down the back alleys of downtown Victoria and looking for some creative ideas, we happened to stumble upon a Chef taking his coffee break. He was kind enough to give me the opportunity to take a couple of quick pictures. Shadows and light can give night shots the perfect backdrop, thus creating photos with wonderful life and depth.
Every day with a camera is another opportunity to capture what we so often miss.
While exploring Vancouver Island last March, this small tree out on Fairy Lake caught my eye. It was perched all alone, surrounded by water which was blanketed by soft velvet pastel reflections of the surrounding landscape.The trees surrounding this lonely stunted tree were coming back to life with the warming spring weather and looked so beautiful – it reminded me of life as many of us know it, when we look around and see what we don’t have and then dream about the how life would be so much better if we only had it …
Some of us go even further and sacrifice our free time, our family, and our personal identity, pushing ourselves and working endless hours to acquire it…. you know life is going to be so much better when we get what we think we need, but that one thing seems to turn into another and another.
Maybe it’s a new bigger house, a fancy car, or that New Year’s resolution where we are going to lose a number of pounds so we can look like how we are convinced we should. Hollywood movies, TV advertising, and magazine pictures load us with images that brainwash us into believing that we will not be happy until we look like the model in the pictures or buy that sports car that everyone just has to have, then somehow we will be happy and life will be perfect…you know because the people that have all that stuff are just so happy.
If you look at the picture, yes, you see all the beauty surrounding this single tree – but the real beauty in the picture is in the tree itself. With out the colourful background, that little tree is still beautiful. How can it not be- it is one of a kind. We are one of a kind and there is only one of each of us, we are all perfect in our own way – its just that easy. Photography has gifted me with seeing things more openly and what is right in front of me. Beauty is all around us and all we have to do is open our eyes to really see what was there all the time.