Seeing The Bigger, Better, Brighter Picture

Blog 1232 – 01.10.2019

Seeing The Bigger, Better, Brighter Picture

Once you see something wrong as right or vice versus it is hard to see it any other way. That is one of those truism or in my line of work a further proof that you cannot inspect quality into a person, a process, or a product. It must be planned in, built in, and inspection only used to find hopefully the few things that get missed or go wrong along the way.

We see most clearly, I think, when we look from new and different angles. It is a constant battle not to fall into the trap of “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” or the “that’s the way we’ve always done it” mold and way of doing things. To address the first, even if it ain’t broke we should always be looking for ways to make it better or someone else will and soon put us out of business. And secondly the way we have always done it might have been good for then but times and demands change, processes improve, and innovation and invention is the key to staying ahead of the curve.

Crazy Dave, sometimes you sound like you think you know-it-all. I do not and really do not even want to, but I am always looking for a new angle, a new way to write, say, or sing an encouraging word. Change is a word that does not scare me at all. I have already lived long enough to see many things I thought would be around forever become obsolete and relegated to the junk pile or for you antique collectors to museums or displayed as treasured pieces in dens, living rooms, and even bathrooms.

When I was a young man in college I visited with my wife, at the time, some older friends that we had met at church. They had had more years to earn money, save, and feather their nest so their home was much finer than our comfortable but small rented apartment. They happily gave us a tour through their lovely home and were especially proud of a recent quite expensive acquisition. It was an over fifty year old enameled steel bed pan that the wife had made an artificial flower arrangement in and had hung on the master bathroom door. I looked at my young wife and smiled for we had just bought the same identical item at a garage sale just weeks before because it was dirt cheap and we thought it was cool. Proving once again the old adages that there is no accounting for taste, that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and that you can even sell crap at high prices if you can convince people that something old, out dated, and no longer used is an antique, and not just junk.

Beauty is after all in the eye of the beholder. We can train our eyes to see so much more if we learn to view everything not from the same point of view but from varied and differing perspectives. Once we see a person, place, or thing in a certain light we really have to work at it to see him, her, them, or it in a wider way with all their vivid colors, shapes, and glories. But we can if we keep looking with not just our eyes open, but our hearts and minds as well.

Love not only makes us real but everything we behold.

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White

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