Perspective on Life

If two people are involved, I have always thought there were three sides to a story. Each person has their own take on the situation, and somewhere in the middle is probably the truth. I am not suggesting that every one lies of course. What I am saying though, is that each person has their own view. Regardless of who we are, we all have a perspective on the events that unfold in our lives.

Two people can see the same scene, but they may not necessarily have the same image in their head. Their perspective can be completely different. And based on their values, moods, experiences and vantage points, they may have a completely different view than the other person looking at the same thing.

For example, take a look at the iPhone pictures below. They are all taken within just a few feet of each other. I was standing on a pier in Jamaica in May and staring at the sunset. It was breathtaking. So I walked around taking different views of the moment. None of them are a lie. None of them are wrong. They are just different.

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Of course, for this challenge (Sally D’s Phoneography Challenge ~ Editing and Processing), I enhanced the pictures a bit in Photoshop. Each of them are either saturated or desaturated in color and adjusted for brightness and contrast. The facts of the pictures are still the same, but I tweaked them. To me, editing a picture is similar to what we do to our memories. We apply our own “filters” to the scenes in our head. We use our experiences to translate the moment. And we gauge the situation with our knowledge. Once we put all those factors into the mix, our perspective on the scene could be entirely different than the person at our side.

Knowing and respecting the difference in perspectives is critical in relationships too. If you can try to visualize the scene from someone else’s perspective, their actions may just make more sense. We could appreciate another point of view. We may learn something new. Or, we might just find their stance more appealing. But even if we found none of those things, just imagine what the world could be like if we all took the time to at least view the world through the eyes of another. We just may act with more compassion and understanding.


For Sally D’s post this week, click here.

Columbus, Georgia ~ Sunset on the River

One of my favorite places is downtown Columbus, Ga. The Chattahoochee River can be quite spectacular on some nights, especially when paired with the boardwalk.  These shots were on the 4th of July this year and just quick snaps with my iPhone. It would really do more justice to the city if I had my Canon camera, but this was a life-on-the-go moment. I hope you enjoy it.

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A Navy Pier Sunset ~ A Must See

In 2013, I had to travel to Chicago for the military. Fortunately, I had a few hours off and was able to check out the Navy Pier. If you ever get the chance to go there, I highly recommend it. There was a variety of shops and tourist attractions. The thing I enjoyed the most though was the ferry ride to see the city from the water. When I went, it was sunset, and the view was spectacular. Below are a couple of pictures I snapped. They were also perfect for this week’s iPhone Challenge of travel.

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These pictures were taken with my iPhone5 and edited with Photoshop.

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