Sunday, February 22, 2009

What do you see?

Sometimes looking into space makes me feel as tiny as ant, as insignificant as a mosquito. I realize that the world without me would be virtually the same as it is with me. And that in the whole scheme of things, my life is meaningless to the world.

However, when I look into the universe, I don't always have those negative feelings. Sometimes the thought of the universe fills my soul with liquid hope. It enters through my belly button until every limp is dancing with joy at the beauty of mother nature. The infinteness ( I don't know the word here) of the universe makes the possibilities in the world seem less finite and some how more possible.

I can choose to look at the same sky and have two drastically different thoughts. How I think will affect my outcome in life. If I decide that it is true that my life is basically worthless, and as important as malaria carrying mosquito, than I don't have much to look forward to. However if I decide that the sky is proof that our possibilities are limitless, and that with so much beauty in the world, it is ridiculous to wallow in my own sorrow of what may or may not be going wrong or right in my life, I can live for a better tomorrow. Our thoughts dictate so much more than we assume. If I think that I will be successful, whatever my definition of successful is, then I will more likely attain my goal of success than had I assumed that life is what it is, and we get what we get handed to us and success will elude me anyways so why reach for what is unattainable. I believe that life deals us a both good hands and bad hands. Some people have better hands than others, but it is what we wager and how we play those hands that determine the outcome of the game, not necessarily the cards we were dealt. Right now, I feel like I have been dealt a pretty lame hand, but I am not folding. I am choosing to take things as they come. I am choosing to look at the glass as half full rather than half empty. Focusing on the positive is not naive, it is what will put me ahead of the race in the end.

What got me thinking about this topic were these pictures that my dad's family sent through email. They were the top ten best photos taken through the Hubble telescope in the past 16 years. As I was talking on the phone with my darling hubby he mentioned that he saw a face in one of the photos. (one of his favorite games is the "what shape do you see in the clouds" game) He tried to talk me through it over the phone but after several minutes of me not understanding he finally sent me a paintbursh version with arrows and wording of the "angry ugly face". (sorry the pic is so small, I am not sure why that happened) And then I showed him what I thought looked like a who from whoville from the Dr. Sues books.
Kyle also saw the back of a vampire with a unicorn horn coming out of his forehead.

Don't mistake what I am saying. This is not a inkblot test to see who sees positive pictures must be the positive thinkers, but after playing this game, which is always harder over the phone and/or internet, it got me thinking about the power of our thoughts and how they determine our lives. We should be mindful or our thoughts, we never know where they could lead.

What do you see when you look in the universe? What do you see in these photos?

The photo that started my thoughts
Can you see the Who?
There are two bright neon orange lines. His belt is the bottom orange line with the pink dot which might be his belly button. His head starts at the line in between the bright orange lines, and the little bump is his nose. Something is coming out of his mouth.

Kyles small drawing to show me "the angry face" (You can click on it to enlarge it)

Another cool photo
And another
If you are interested in seeing more of the top photos, you can view them here


Mrs. S said...

"Focusing on the positive is not naive, it is what will put me ahead of the race in the end."

Best line of the whole post for me! And I needed to hear it!

I love your perspective :)

Susie said...

Those are awesome photos!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and leaving such sweet comments. I hope to see you back there again soon:-)

Ryan Ashley Scott@Optimistic Cynicism said...

The photos are amazing, as is your POV in this post. Thinking about being an "ant" in the universe is so underwhelming. Just measuring up to our own success is sometimes the best feeling.

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