Part II -Do You See the World In Color or Maybe A More Monochromatic View?

Monday, April 16, 2018
So....after looking at the photos in my previous post....have you figured out yet if you see the world in color or black and white?  I'm imagining some of you are thinking I've lost my marbles because even if you're color blind, you still see in color, right?  So how can I ask if you see the world in monochrome?  Well, don't worry....I'll explain.....right after you look at the color version of the photos from yesterday's blog post.
Is this not the most beautiful scene?

Look close and you'll see a cemetery at the top of the hill.
This one was actually a different day.
So, what do you think?  Do you like the color better or the black and white?  Hard to choose for me because they're both pleasing in their own way.  For me, the color photos are warm and inviting, bright and happy.   The monochromatic ones are dramatic and bold, sometimes sad and dark.  They make a statement, but have an artistic feeling rather than an inviting message.  So what does all this have to do with how we see the world around us?
Have you ever noticed that some people seem to always view the world and their circumstances in the worst possible light?  These people are unable to see past their troubles to see their blessings.  Sometimes the people who view the world in the darkest light are not necessarily as hopeless or troubled as they believe and consequently portray.  Sometimes they're just negative, unhappy people.  On the flip side of that theory, sometimes the people living in the most dire of circumstances, the worst chronic pain, or the most difficult challenges are often the people we meet who are the most optimistic and cheerful.  I think that sometimes how we feel about our life directly affects and alters how we see the world around us.  It clouds our ability to see things in a positive light, and fills our view with shadows and darkness.  Of these two road....which one do you feel would be more appealing to travel on?

Have you ever seen the quote that says, 'Don't make a bad day make you believe you have a bad life'?  If you think about that for a minute, you'll probably realize that we all fall into that trap on occasion.  We have a bad day, a day where it seems nothing is going right.  It feels like the world is against us and Murphy's Law is in full effect.  Unless we're careful, we get caught in the web of our despair and suddenly find ourselves sitting proudly on our pity potty full of a hefty dose of 'Woe is Me'.  We are so overwhelmed by our temporary circumstances, we find ourselves viewing life through dark glasses, unable to find any ray of light - or hope.  Suddenly we're viewing everything in dark, dull, monochrome.  For most of us, that is a temporary state.  We wake up the next day and approach the new day with fresh eyes and a better outlook.  For others, each day begins and ends the same...shaded with darkness because they legitimately can't find that ray of hope or they are just so accustomed to living in the shadows, they don't even realize that life can look any different.  How we feel on the inside directly impacts how we see the world around us.  It's so important that we realize that and take control over our inner voice, our demons, and remove our dark glasses so  that we can view the world in color.  When we view the world with optimism, even the most worn out structures, the most barren landscapes become beautiful and appealing.

How we see ourselves influences how we see the world.
    -Gail Lynne Goodwin
The way we choose to see the world creates the world we see.
-Barry Neil Kaufman

Stephen Covey once said, "We see the world, not as it is, but as we are - or, as we are conditioned to see it. When we open our mouths to describe what we see, we in effect describe ourselves, our perceptions, our paradigms."  We don't even have to open our mouths sometimes for people to see whether or not we view the world in color or black and white.  Sometimes it is obvious in our attitude, our approach to life, our acceptance of other human beings, just how bright or shadowed our view is.  Certainly we've all gone through storms in our life, times when it was impossible to see the sunshine.  We're regularly faced with obstacles that challenge our inner strength, our tenacity, our ability to see life as anything but utter devastation.  The idea here is not that these times won't occur, but it's to remind ourselves not to get stuck there forever.  This week I hope you'll think about this post and think about the people in your life who have difficulty seeing the world in color.  If you're one of those people, I hope this post will inspire you to readjust your lens and focus on your blessings more than your problems.  So many of you cast bright, beautiful light into my world, often in ways and at times you may not even be aware.  Thank you for that.  I hope my photos and inspirational posts help do the same for you.  Wishing you all a colorful, hopeful week!

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