Tuesday, March 15, 2016

OUTLOOK~


Or—

IT'S ABOUT HOW YOU LOOK AT IT

 

We know the saying— perception is reality. I never bought this completely. Some reality just is. But one’s outlook {not the so-named by Microsoft ;=) } does make a load of difference.

 

When I write from different points of view, I realize that my inner dialogue is transformed as well. The characters’ outlook shapes how and even what they see, and this in turn changes what I see. I hope that together we take the reader to a different vantage point.

©Shelagh Duffett

 

But the life-lesson, for me, is that a good deal of experience is internal and within the realm of choice.

 

I am reminded of an old family friend who passed this wisdom to her daughter with an evocative image. “Girl,” she said, “being born is like having been given an invitation to a party. Not every part of it is joyous, and it can get too loud. But while we’re here, let’s dance.”

©Shelagh Duffett

11 comments:

  1. I really like your family friend's wise counsel to her daughter!

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    1. You would have loved this lady, too. She knew how to dance through life.

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  2. Those prints are so pretty, Mirka! The quote is lovely too. I have a similar one by Jesse Winchester quoted at the beginning of my thesis: If you are skating on thin ice, you might as well dance. (and this from a person who cannot skate but loves to dance)

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    1. Shelagh Duffett is a folk-art painter who lives in Nova Scotia. She get the credit for the joyful images.

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  3. Oh, to be a cat dancing with cat friends upon a stone wall in a sunny field of trees and sunflowers! I will try!

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    1. Coming from one who is inspiring all of us to be productive, I don't doubt you find time to dance, Kelly.

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  5. Might as well dance, chil', 'cause sitting in a rocker ain't no fun at all.

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  6. I've been reading Elizabeth Gilbert's BIG MAGIC (I didn't make it past a page of her EAT LOVE PRAY but this one, BM, is good. It's fun.) and in it she reminds us how we're only here on earth for a short while. "so decorate yourself as playfully as you can, while you still have time."

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  7. What a lovely saying. And the pictures are adorable.

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