Saturday, December 16, 2017

Adding Vantage Points

As I'm sure long time readers can attest, I have been known to get somewhat depressed at times, and sometimes I can be overly focused on the negative. I really don't want to do that anymore. I'm sure I will at times, but even if I can change my outlook for the most part, it will be a help.

I am currently reading "Before Happiness" by Shawn Achor. I'm not very far in, but so far, he has been talking about learning to look at things and situations in the most helpful way. Sometimes that means working through the same facts in different ways. For example, "I'm so overwhelmed by work" can also be "I'm so glad to be busy and wanted in a competitive marketplace." I think he does do a good job of not letting one thing get too swamped by the other (because if you're consistently overwhelmed, something needs to change, even if it is good to be busy). Anyway, this particular point is about trying to find the opportunity in what presents itself. This is NOT about putting rose colored glasses on and viewing the world with that distortion.

I haven't yet explored a couple of situations in my life from different vantage points (though I plan to tonight or tomorrow), but I gave myself a little photography experiment of trying different vantage points of taking a photo of one mundane object, only moving my viewpoint or way of looking at it, without moving the object. Photographically, these are not great photos, but I thought it was interesting how many different viewpoints you could think about!

Love this little detail, simply because this postcard is over 100 years old.

This is my theme photo for this holiday season... And just in time for Gaudete Sunday!

This is my favorite little detail from this series... and I'm not sure I ever even noticed it before.

1 comment:

  1. It is so helpful for us to be able to look at things from many different perspectives. My spiritual director has been pointing this out to me since I started meeting with him. It really has changed the way I process things and I don't stay in a wallowing state for too long anymore. Keep up the good work and I love the 100+ year postcard!