Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Thought to Ponder...



What isn't there is just as important as what is. That's what someone once told me. At first glance, I did not really absorb that statement. I didn't give it much thought, but after reflecting upon it, I think it might be true...at least partially so.

Take art for instance. A subject matter is only as good as its surroundings. The negative space compliments the positive space and vice versa. If you take a picture of a beautiful person but there is too much in the background, the picture doesn't have the same effect as it would if there were a nice, neutral background.

So does that also apply to our qualities as beings? If a person possesses inner beauty but not outer beauty, regardless of society's standards, do we notice the inner beauty more because the outer beauty is not there? And what about a person who possesses patience but not good judgment. We notice both. We especially notice people's negative qualities...it seems like we notice them more or are more quick to point them out at least. When we have little or no money, it becomes a lot more important than it does when we do have it...when it is there.

We are driven by needs but also by wants. We want to acquire things that are not there because we feel they will make us happy. We spend most of our lives working and working so that we can obtain more and more. Maybe we should focus a little more on what we already have and be grateful for that. Or is it just in our nature to aspire to more...to want what is not there too?

I guess there is a lot of truth to what was once said. What isn't there is often just as important as what is...at least it seems that way to me.

4 Comments:

Anonymous GC Rita said...

Beautifully said! Thank you for this reminder to be grateful for what we have as opposed to insistent grasping and clinging. Such a sadness to get lost in that as you miss the perfect beauty of the present moment as well as simple joys. Namaste-Rita

18:06  
Blogger SHEASHEA said...

You are so right, we all should remember we are lucky to have those we love. They are not infalable, they are human. Their time on this earth, like ours is limited. So treasure them, love them, and appreciate their value in your life. Beautiful painting!

10:48  
Blogger Chick With A Gun said...

Thank you both for stopping in & leaving such wonderful comments. You are right, our time here is limited & we should really treasure the time we have.

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