With this post, I am going back to the original basics of Picture to Ponder almost 10 years ago. At that point, photographs of images that caught my eye inspired what I termed “Self-Reflecting Queries,” questions for the viewers to “ponder” about themselves and their lives. When walking in Green Cay Wetlands the other day, I was reminded of one of my early Pictures to Ponder issues, Zig Zag Lines – Confusion and Bombardment, in 2006. Below are three different views of the current scene that provoked similar thoughts for me. Perhaps there is something in the imagery for you also.
Before reading my descriptions below, I invite you to spend a moment or two with each of the photos. Note what’s different for you in each. Then go on to read the descriptions and my responses and finally, the Self-Reflecting Queries.
Today’s Photos – Description
The above photographs are views and reflections of the boardwalk and administration building at Green Cay Wetlands.
To me, the top one is confronting, almost like a solid wall facing us. It’s difficult to distinguish the parts. I feel blocked as, at times, I do in life.
In the second photo, having stepped back, I feel grounded. There is just enough building on the right and clear water on the left to create balance. As a matter of fact, I felt so much at peace, that when it accidentally became my desktop photo, I left it up as such. (Photo 3).
I find it most interesting that what usually has felt like a “mess” of folders and files on my desktop, now feels orderly. They are visible, seemingly tucked away, ready to be opened when needed.
The fourth photo, as you see, is an even broader view. Though there is more water, which usually is peaceful, once again I feel at a loss.
Self-Reflecting Queries –
Of course everything I stated above is a matter of interpretation, and are reflecting moments in my life.
If the photos triggered any personal responses in you, I now invite you to explore how they might relate to other areas of your life. You might want to do some writing or, perhaps, do some photographing of your own… close-up, stepping back midway, then moving even further back.
What do you notice when so doing? What opens up for you?
Treasure Your Life Now Tip – Keep in mind that almost everything we see and how we respond to it is our own individual interpretation. Remember this whenever you are going to be in communication with another about what you are seeing and experiencing.
Never assume that they are responding in the same way. Always share from your point of view, asking them for theirs.
Have fun with this. I would love to hear what your responses to the photos and my experience are. Please share them in Comments space below.
Lastly, A Request – I am in the process of writing a Kindle book, a compilation of interviews with Seniors 65 and over who are iPad users. The intent is to inspire and reassure those who have been reticent and afraid, yet are interested in using an iPad, as well as give some new ideas to existing users.
If you be one, or know any seniors using iPads who are willing to be interviewed, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with contact information and best times.