Perception is Everything

It sometimes amazes me how a simple image can hold so much motivational inspiration for the viewer. Take for example, the following images provided by Blogging U for Writing 101, Day 4:

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In the upper left hand corner we have the busyness of a city at night frozen in time. We look again and see the energy emitting from the photo, the energy of all those people in motion, the energy to motivate us into motion. Or we merely see a city suffocated with endless activity.

In the upper right hand corner we have a road map being held by a woman. We look again and we see a woman finding her way, we see direction clearly mapped out, we see guidance laid out before us. Or we merely see a woman that is lost.

In the lower left hand corner we see a small room with light shining through a window so brightly that we cannot see out. We look again and we see confinement and a way to escape, we see an opening window, we see endless possibility before us. Or we merely see a small room that has no door.

In the lower right hand corner we see the silhouette of a person jumping between unclear destinations. We look again and we see fear and courage, we see leaping with full enthusiasm into the unknown, we see the push we need to take a chance. Or we merely see a person jumping to their doom.

It is amazing what a simple image can contain for the viewer. Another stepping stone of motivation to help guide our way, or a mallet of destruction crushing us down.

What about the images that cross our paths every day? The “employees only” door that we cross through when we go to work. The kitchen that we enter to make dinner. The to-do list that takes up the length of our refrigerator. The child sitting in the center of the living room, both covered in a single bag of flour. The empty “new blog post” page. The reflection in our mirror….

Do you see mallets or stepping stones?

~Perception, is everything.

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