Appreciating Seeing

looking down on Honolulu Harbor just before 7 a.m.

looking down on Honolulu Harbor just before 7 a.m.

Good Day, God!

I just found this photo in my photo stream — and realized that I have over 61,000 photos on my computer. I do love taking photos!

I love seeing — focusing — appreciating — and then capturing the image so I can share it. Would I take photos if I was the only one that saw them? Of course! But, sharing enhances the pleasure.

We are social beings — albeit to varying degrees. A dear friend sent me a list of words as defined by an Extrovert and then by an Introvert. An example: ALONE: to an Extrovert the word means LONELY. To an Introvert it means: Enjoying some peace and quiet. The list goes on and it really made me laugh. Maybe I’m developing introverted tendencies?

Honolulu Harbor at 8:15 a.m.

Honolulu Harbor at 8:15 a.m.

Partly I enjoyed that list of definitions for the same reason I enjoyed an elevated view of Honolulu Harbor on an early February morning. Both let me see things from a different perspective. How can we understand the people and world around us unless we are able to shift perspectives from time to time?

Here I am looking at the harbor just a little over an hour later. What a difference the sunlight made! The later photo was also taken not only from a lower perspective but closer to the harbor.

So many ways to see, God! The angles of viewing — closeups or distance shots — and perhaps most important the lighting. It’s sounds so obvious to say that we see more when things are lit.

It’s less obvious to say that we see more clearly into our fellow human beings when we see with the Light of Compassion.

Thank You, God that Seeing is not just for the senses and the mind — it’s also for our hearts.

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