This past week I took my memory card in to have an archive copy of my photos made. As I was choosing pictures for the archive CD I came across this photo that I took early this summer. I loved the little button mushrooms growing in some moss under the trees.
The photo wasn’t anything special just one that I had taken walking around my yard this past summer. I was trying to capture some pictures of the many mushrooms that had grown in various places, sizes and colors in our yard.
When I focused in on the mushrooms I failed to notice what else was present in the picture. Do you see it? You might have to stand on your head to see it or just take time to notice something from a different perspective. I loved learning about perspective in my art classes in high school and college. The same thing can look entirely different depending where you are standing.
As the holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas approach sometimes a change in perspective is what we need. When we focus on one thing as I did on the mushrooms we miss out on other things like the heart-shaped shadow in the picture. I’d rather focus on the love of others during the holidays and what they have to bring to enrich our lives than the fungi that is present and growing in all of our lives.
It will take a new perspective on my part to keep my priorities in place. I may have to stand on my head to see things differently this season but it will be well worth it.
November 22, 2010 at 3:14 am
Best of luck with your resolution–that’s good advice!
November 22, 2010 at 7:55 am
November 22, 2010 at 4:40 am
Thank you for the lovely post, Jeanne – so true.
November 22, 2010 at 8:14 am
Thanks Sunshine! Do you celebrate Thanksgiving in London, or is it another work day there?
November 22, 2010 at 11:04 am
No, we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in London.
November 22, 2010 at 12:20 pm
Too bad it’s a lovely excuse for a day off and some excellent food to share with others. Do you have something similar that we don’t celebrate? I’m not too familiar with England’s history or South Africa’s for that matter.
November 22, 2010 at 10:49 am
What an interesting picture! Isn’t it funny…I noticed the heart before I saw the mushrooms. So I’m glad you pointed out both. Happy Thanksgiving week to you!
November 22, 2010 at 10:54 am
Exactly my point. People see things from their perspective and life experiences. I think from reading your blog you are a natural observer and tend to see things that others might not. That makes our world an interesting place.