Changing Viewpoints, Changing Perspectives

Looking at the "back side" of Koko Crater

Good Night, God!

Koko Crater is one of my favorite objects to photograph. But almost always I take photos from the Hawaii Kai side. This view was taken on our walk up Makapuu,, on the other side.

There is a lot to be said for changing viewpoints. So often we get stuck in one point of view. In fact, I remember how shocked I was to realize that Koko Crater was hollow! Of course, intellectually I realized craters are almost by definition hollow. Still, it didn’t look hollow from where I sat.

I’m going to refrain from obvious applications of this idea and go to one that I believe is not so obvious. That’s about our “routines.”

When I retired for the first time, at the end 1994, I must have been without a normal routine. But, since the start of 1997 when I started working again, I have been living a fairly structured life. Even our trips have been not real vacations, as we were either doing a marathon (husband Kit as the runner) or group tours, or visiting family.

So, having an At-Home-Retreat will be a change — sort of a change of viewpoint? Furthermore, God, I am not going to blog about it. I couldn’t blog when I was on my Snowmass Retreat. And it feels “right” that I should keep silent during this one. Seeds need time to put out roots. Pulling them up out of the dirt to see how they are doing — is tempting, but not a good idea.

So, if all goes well, I’ll be back to blogging next week, God. Meanwhile, I’m hoping to mostly just listen.

Story teller,

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2 comments on “Changing Viewpoints, Changing Perspectives
  1. Robert Youdi says:

    Thanks to Liz Doup’s spotlight in the September/October 2011 issue of Stanford Magazine, I discovered your blog. Since then I have read many, many of your entries which I find very interesting, thought-provoking and inspiring. Please keep on sharing these beautiful and joyful thoughts. I wish to thank you also for your help to Swaziland children orphaned by AIDS. God bless you.

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