What I see,
I see every day.
It is what it is,
It refuses to change.
A look askew, a twisted view,
And it’s not the same.
The shift is in me-
I’ve observed another way.
Although I moved from the hot desert of Phoenix a few months ago to the cooler pines, I can’t escape the fact that Arizona is in a drought. The vegetation is in varying states of not-quite-dead. I’ve taken many photos of struggling trees, usually from afar, and often because the shapes of the branches are interesting.
This time, I decided to take the picture from under the tree. I literally bent over backwards to snap the photo. I faced away from the tree and leaned back, with my head near the trunk (I didn’t rest it on the trunk because with my curly hair, I’d be picking bark out of it for a year!)
Another point of view allowed me to appreciate the curved and twisted branches in a new way. The shift in focus in how I saw the tree rewarded me with a perspective that had previously gone unnoticed.
Now that I think about it, another point of view is something I need to consciously practice in daily life. How often I have allowed myself to get worked up over something (or someone) I could not change. Focusing on calming my reaction instead of stewing over a situation I cannot change would save me much aggravation.
If only it were as easy as tilting my head to the side or leaning over backwards!