In starting this post, I realized that I have written about perspective a bunch of times. I also realized that I need to hear it one more time. Perhaps you do too? It is always interesting that if I look and am observant, God puts in my path examples of what I am currently experiencing and new ways to view my life.
On a recent dog walk, I strolled* through the campus of a local university. The students had not yet returned from break and it was interesting to see the changes of new buildings and walkways on campus. There also appeared new outside art installations. I came across the following:
Viewing the installation from the side, it looked like random white blocks on sticks. But standing in front of the artwork, you could see the name of the school spelled out. I had to take a picture of it as the reminder for me at that moment was just as revealing as the blocks aligning into something recognizable.
Lately, I feel that I am viewing life as random white blocks on sticks: nothing seems to make sense, nothing is ordered and nothing is clear. It feels like I have been sucked into a vortex that doesn't allow me to see anything but the swirling chaos around me. I know that what I see is not the entire truth and the reality of my life. It just is hard to step out of that sucking tunnel.
But, step out I must. I know that I must make the effort to move my location and change my perspective. If not, I will become washed out, useless and bitter about my situation. "How come my white blocks don't spell anything?" I'll be stuck in my disjointed views and never see the way life can actually be.
I need to keep perspective by looking at the situation and my life in a different way:
- Perhaps I need to remove myself from where I am standing? Literally. I need to get out and take a walk or visit a new location.
- I might need to remove myself from a relationship or activity that holds me to a certain perspective. It might be a position that is expected from all the parties involved, or it is a position that has become comfortable and therefore provides no challenges and produces inertia.
- Or I need to help someone else see his/her white blocks aligned. Through that process, I might see a connection to my own situation and thereby help me to get my own blocks aligned.
What about you? Do you ever feel that you are stuck at looking at your life from one direction? How do you get out of that rut? Do you think you even need to get out of a rut? Is there anything wrong with ruts or one perspective?
Yesterday afternoon, I got out from my normal routine. I had a leisurely lunch with a friend who provided me with a new perspective on my situation. What was new and refreshing about this get together, was that neither one of us was rushed to a next thing. We were able to dive a little deeper with our discussions and let the conversation twist and turn through a wide variety of topics. I came home refreshed, encouraged and renewed. She helped me align those random blocks into seeing some words.
When you look at your life, do you see white blocks on sticks or do you see a word?
*(Lately our two have been awful in the lack-of-wanting-to-walk department. Must be because it is cold. They absolutely loath their jackets and many times our walks become more of a "drag" than a walk.)