Matter of Perspective

Being on top of the world is great.  They say it’s lonely at the top, but I had my family (hubby manning the camera), so I liked it.  I could see Sedona in the distance, and trees for what seemed like miles around me.   Okay, so it wasn’t exactly the top of the world – it was on top of Devil’s Bridge, but it was a rush anyway.

Not being on top of the world is great, too.  They say it stinks to be the little guy, trampled on as the others clamor to get to the top.  Maybe in the corporate world, this holds true, but I rather enjoyed the view of the underside of Devil’s Bridge.  The trees that looked so small suddenly dwarfed me.  I appreciated the grandness of the bridge I casually crossed earlier.

The way I see it, the difference between being on top of the world and crawling along the ground is a matter of perspective.  Both are special, both are unique, and both can be beautiful- if I choose to see beyond what is directly in front of me.

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30 thoughts on “Matter of Perspective

  1. diannegray August 9, 2012 / 2:03 AM

    Fantastic! Love this philosophy (and the pictures are great too!) 🙂

    • jannatwrites August 9, 2012 / 8:40 PM

      Thanks, Dianne! I’m glad you liked this post. Devil’s Bridge was awesome…would’ve been even better if hadn’t been so doggone hot!

  2. nrhatch August 9, 2012 / 5:06 AM

    Wonderful post . . . love the use of sombreros to hide their secret identities!

    In the top photo, it looks like you’re on the very edge of the bridge, with no “wiggle room.” With the different perspective in the 2nd photo, we get the sense of the “margin for error” available to you.

    Kind of like life, eh? We have more “wiggle room” than we recognize. 😉

    • jannatwrites August 9, 2012 / 8:43 PM

      Hehehe…glad you like the sombreros. Still paranoid about kids’ pics on the net! Love your summation about life – we do have more wiggle room than we realize. Thanks for sharing your take, Nancy 🙂

  3. newwhitebear August 9, 2012 / 6:32 AM

    It’s a worderful experience crossing on the Devil’s brigde! The images are fantastic.

    • jannatwrites August 9, 2012 / 8:44 PM

      Thanks for checking out the pictures of Devil’s Bridge, Newwhitebear!

  4. Jonesingafter40 August 9, 2012 / 6:47 AM

    Love both the views and the reminder to appreciate what’s in front of me!

    • jannatwrites August 9, 2012 / 8:45 PM

      We all need the reminder once in a while, Jonesing. (This post was a reminder to me, as well :))

  5. Tessa August 9, 2012 / 9:38 AM

    I am terrified of heights, I will stay down below LOL!

    • jannatwrites August 9, 2012 / 8:51 PM

      Aw come on, there’s so much adventure to be found checking all sides, Tessa 🙂

    • jannatwrites August 9, 2012 / 8:53 PM

      Thanks, Widdershins…glad you liked both 🙂

  6. Debbie August 9, 2012 / 12:31 PM

    Janna, you’re a brave woman for tackling the height of Devil’s Bridge! I’d have been on my hands and knees, making myself as small as possible, and somebody would have had to push me across!!

    • jannatwrites August 9, 2012 / 9:13 PM

      It wasn’t that high, Debbie. I was there last year and was too chicken to cross it. This year, I waited for someone else to do it first before I tried it 🙂

    • jannatwrites August 9, 2012 / 9:23 PM

      Thanks, Carol Ann. I’m glad you were able to stop by to see the pictures!

  7. pattisj August 9, 2012 / 9:45 PM

    That still doesn’t look like much margin for error! I’d be face down waiting for the helicopter to come rescue me. LOL You are so brave!

    • jannatwrites August 9, 2012 / 11:58 PM

      A helicopter…you’re funny, Patti! I’m not brave at all…it’s more like not wanting to be a “chicken” in front of my daring children 🙂

  8. Sharp Little Pencil August 9, 2012 / 10:13 PM

    I’m no good with heights and thin places to cross over from one place to another… so I applaud your courage, Janna! Great photos, and my perspective is this: I’ve been in the valley and on the mountain, at least metaphorically, life lessons. I tell the top-of-the-mountain folks to look down: “Until you tread the bottom you’ll never know how it feels, so help the person who’s stuck there.”

    Food for thought, and thanks for your insight, Janna. Peace, Amy

    • jannatwrites August 10, 2012 / 12:02 AM

      We all spend some time in the depths, and it’s a good feeling when someone offers help. The world needs more caring and empathy, in my opinion. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on this post, Amy.

  9. Val August 10, 2012 / 7:02 AM

    Eek! I wouldn’t want to cross that bridge! But lovely photos and the sentiments in your posta are spot on. 🙂

    • jannatwrites August 10, 2012 / 5:55 PM

      It’s funny – I don’t consider myself adventurous, but once I saw someone else do it, I didn’t feel anxious about walking across. Glad you stopped by, Val!

  10. pattyabr August 11, 2012 / 9:19 PM

    nice pics. I’ve never been to Sedona but I hear it’s beautiful. that is quite a bridge. yikes.

    • jannatwrites August 11, 2012 / 10:53 PM

      It is very pretty. If you ever have the chance, you should go, Patty. (I’d stay away from the touristy downtown area, though :))

  11. Sandra August 11, 2012 / 9:57 PM

    Is that you up there with your boys? OMGoodness I would NEVER be able to do that. EVER. I so admire you walking across, holding hands with your children… Wow. I do like your perspectives on what is high up and low on the ground. I think I’ll stick to the ground myself. =)

    • jannatwrites August 11, 2012 / 10:57 PM

      Yep, that’s me 🙂 It’s weird Sandra- I’m afraid of heights (I break into a sweat climbing up a ladder) but this didn’t scare me after I saw someone else walk across it safely. Maybe that zip line we did in Hawaii back in April cured me or something…I don’t know!

  12. cuhome August 12, 2012 / 3:15 PM

    Yikes! The photos make me dizzy! Love the message, too!

    • jannatwrites August 12, 2012 / 3:51 PM

      It was so peaceful and relaxing. If it hadn’t been blazing hot, I could’ve stayed up there for hours 🙂 Thanks for checking out Devil’s Bridge here, Janet.

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