Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Perspective


Yesterday I pulled into a parking lot and when I got out of the car, there were broken pieces of green glass neatly piled on the perimeter of the parking space.  It appeared that some kind-hearted person didn't want anyone driving over broken glass and puncturing the tires of the car. Thank you, kind-hearted person.

But here is the interesting part:  I didn't immediately think, "Oh no...broken glass...now I'm gonna get a flat tire..."  I thought, "wow...how beautiful...look at all the lovely emerald gemstones on the ground."

It was a very childish notion...it was a very idealistic thought...but spotting all that shattered green glass made me feel very happy for some unknown reason.  My attitude toward the glass surprised me.  My perspective had changed.  I wasn't thinking I was staring at some broken Heineken bottle...I was thinking..."that is quite enchanting!"

No, I did not stoop down and fill my pockets with broken green glass.  But I did let my gaze linger awhile, noticing and appreciating its beauty.  More importantly, I surprised myself and I love when that happens. It's a rare thing!

It's not that big a deal, this seemingly meaningless incident.  But to a writer, we have to notice everything.  And small occurrences such as this one are gold.  Or in this case...emerald!

4 comments:

YogaSavy said...

Your perspective was not childish infact it shows how you look at the world. Imagination, possibility and what you can offer to it.

MikeB said...

"One man's trash is another man's treasure." Or in this case, a woman's treasure. My senior year high school Enlgish teacher liked to say, "What you see depends on where you stand when you look at it." You must have been standing with an open mind, thinking out of the box, and, as YogSavy said, looking at the world with imagination.

CntryJewell said...

Nice...you know it's good to know that I am not the only one that can be enchanted by something as simple as enchanted glass on the pavement. I had this same sort of reaction just recently to some gorgeous pinky/mauve glass that was laying on the payment...fascinating stuff really =) Thanks for sharing!

Nicole MacDonald said...

It's the little things that can create the best scenes I think