Friday, January 20, 2012

Perspective

so 
so much of how we go through life and internalize things mentally and emotionally,
is all about perspective.

But first before I continue with this post, I wanted to share some Papaya Art with you!
 It is some of my
most loved art out there and I picked just a few of 
my favorites to share with you.






Pretty great, right?
 I first fell in love with Papaya Art when my BF gave
me a piece to hang, about 6 years ago. . .
I have her. But I think I need that Fearless one next.
I knew my love for Papaya Art reached new heights when, out of 
all the planners I could have chosen for 2012, I chose. . .
 thee anticipated arrival of the parcel. . .

 out of parcel, but. . .{look at that packaging!}
like it was my birthday!

isn't it pretty? I had to go with the Eiffel Tower b/c
I've been there!
They even included a couple of greeting cards in a few different sizes.
The planner has accordion pockets inside too, which 
is perfect for a thought jotter downer like me.

Here is a quote on perspective on one of the first pages--btw, this puppy is gorgeous inside! Filled with beautiful
art work on every page.

"The real voyage
 of discovery consists not
 in seeking new landscapes
 but in having new eyes."
marcel proust

Let's face it, more times than not we are unable to change our circumstances; our "view" our landscape.
We live in a fallen world full of unthinkable circumstances and losses-- terrible, awful, painful things
happen to all of us, some more than others. And there are several answers as to why, but
that'd have to be another post. But for now, I think it's simply b/c our world is imperfect.
We then are traumatized by unfathomable events.

Our bodies, minds, families, 
marriages, jobs, groups, friends, and 
churches, 
fail us everyday.
Most of the time all we can do
 is push through and endure.
{I truly believe if we search long enough and deep enough, we can gain a new perspective.}

And of course we pray. 
And in that prayer, we might not should be asking God to change our landscape,
{which is not bad to do}, but to change how we handle our landscape {circumstances}.
 How to better live among it.

Beg God to give us a different perspective.
 Ask Him to give us a new way to look at it. A new way to find peace with it.
Torture and unplanned as it may be, it's happening. It's happened.
I know we can find good and beauty in everything if we just ask God to show it to us. 
We are too blinded by hurt to possibly think there could be any beauty in many landscapes, 
but it's there.

Having a new way to think about something can change your life.
I know b/c it's happening to me. It's happened to me.
And it will continue to.

So I seek out God in prayer and ask gently, and sometimes not so gently,
to give me a new way to see things. 
Because honestly, it's the only way to stay sane sometimes.

The quote {challenge}, suggests that we find beauty and get a new set of eyes when dealing with the mundane, 
dreadful,
painful,
and dismal.
It's remarkable what a new set of eyes can do.


19 comments:

Cherry said...

I love the first 3 illustrations. They would be nice portraits on my wall. :) cute blog.

xo Cherry

Erin said...

"The real voyage
of discovery consists not
in seeking new landscapes
but in having new eyes."

Wow. God is our eyes and we need to be willing to see through them and follow Him!

Emily Rose said...

oh my, I'm in love with Papaya Art! How gorgeous!

Rebecca Palm* Gallimaufry Photography* said...

Thank you so much for this post. It is EXACTLY what I needed to hear today.

vintch said...

this, my sweet friend, is why i visit your blog daily. your insight is beyond refreshing. there are so many landscapes we must travel over and through and under in this life. how we look at them is what makes them manageable. and we can't get over any hill, no matter how tiny, without help from our Father. thank you for this. i'll carry this wisdom into my weekend.

memory said...

what a beautiful journal!

i left you an award on my blog today. (:

southernnpinky.blogspot.com

KnittedFox said...

That are is BEAUTIFUL! And that journal~ gah love it! Where did you get it?

Mary said...

so true, perspective can change everything!
thank you for the reminder, sweetie!
xoxo
have a lovely weekend!

Jamie said...

really beautiful artwork, very inspirational :)

Ana Magdalena said...

I have a similar planner with the Eiffel tower but its not papaya art. I love the artwork, very inspirational!

www.therecordologist.blogspot.com

Cherry said...
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Cherry said...

hey girl, I've been visiting your blog so often lately coz I really find it very cute. By that, I'm giving you this Cute Blog Award :)

http://moochinginspirations.blogspot.com/2012/01/cute-blog-award.html

hope you like it. :)

Luisa Rodríguez said...

True. Beautiful post, darling!

Lexi said...

Wow, these images are SO beautiful + unique!
♡ Lexi
FASHION: Glitter & Pearls
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Mr. Taylor and his Lady said...

love this post!! it's definitely all about your perspective! and all of that artwork is perfect!
xo TJ

memory said...

aw! you're so sweet! i'm glad to add just a little sunshine to your weekend. you words are the kindest and i feel so blessed to know you!!

southernpinky.blogspot.com

Sarah B. said...

What lovely thoughts on perception.

What a pretty planner! That must be so great having one with artwork of a place you've actually been! I love planners, and I'm picky about finding ones I like. Unfortunately regardless of how much I love a the "perfect" one, I tend to not write in it. I find myself inputting my plans in my iPod calendar instead. *sigh* Maybe someday I'll catch onto writing in a paper planner again.

Lydia Criss Mays said...

I'm so thrilled to have come across your lovely blog. The philosophy upon which you've built your thinking, writing, and sharing is absolutely beautiful. The perspective is empowering. I've become your newest follower.

I also have no doubt that you'd really like See Beautiful. You reflect a lot of what we do.

http://seeabeautifulworld.blogspot.com/

Can't wait to come back and play! Happy seeing beautiful!

SymbioticLife said...

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes." Marcel Proust - Couldn't have needed this more today. I've never seen Papaya Art before but am so glad you shared this with us today. It's beautiful and joyful. I might have to print out this quote and stick it to a wall to help me get through some of the landscapes I'm traveling. xoxo