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Take a Moment to Look and See

Updated on February 20, 2013
Old woman or young woman?
Old woman or young woman?
Two faces or a goblet?
Two faces or a goblet?

-Illusion and Reality-

Is what you see real?
How does it feel?
Illusion is the key
Can you see me?
Am I here or am I gone?
This has gone on way too long
All you know isn't there
To you all, a secret, I will share
Reality is the ultimate Illusion
What you know is your greatest
Everything solid turns to dust
All of like blows away in a gust
Take a moment to look and see
What the illusion is, and what,
is reality


I wrote that poem years ago when I was in high school. As an assignment that I got graded badly on. I don't remember exactly what the assignment was but it had something to do with the way you perceive the world.

As you can see my perception is a lot different from other peoples. One of my favorite sayings is "Its all in how you look at it" along with "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder". What do you get when you put those two saying together? Basically you get that anything can change if you change how you look at it.

I realize that there are those out there who don't agree with that, but how do you know unless you really try? Take a moment to think of any situation. Lose your job? You now have the opportunity for something you didn't have before. Maybe a better job or even a career change. Granted that sounds like being optimistic but its so much more than that. Have a love interest that doesn't return your interest. Do you really want someone in your life that doesn't think you are so amazing they can't stay away from you? Think about it.

Those are life situations but what else can you look at in a different way?
Go to a desert and instead of looking for flowers or trees look at the way the rock formations are shaped. Can you see different colors and textures? Imagine all the life that does exist in such a hard environment. Isn't that beauty in its own way? Cities are dirty and polluted right? What about all the beautiful buildings you see in the city. Old ones, new ones, tall ones and long ones. You can find things in cities you can't find anywhere else. Museums, libraries, stores and even the people. Granted not everyone is worth knowing but in a more diverse group you are bound to find some of the most interesting people.

What about looking within yourself? I know that no one can really see what others see in you but you can see yourself in a different light. This is one of those topics that is best done with self exploration but I will share some of my own experiences. I spent many years feeling shy and introverted. When I did try to come out of my shell I usually had bad results. I thought that I had to be so bad at talking to people that no one wanted to be around me.

Recently I have discovered that it might be some what the opposite of what I thought. I can't say that I am very good at talking to people but I know that I am good at thinking. In being myself I intimidated people around me because they didn't know how to respond to things I had said. Instead of sounding stupid I actually sounded too smart. Funny that there such a thing I know, but people get put off by someone that thinks in a different way. By realizing that I wasn't just making a total ass of myself every time I opened my mouth I opened up a whole range of things that I am more confident in. I changed how I view myself so I could be more myself in the process.

Perspective is everything!

What do you see when you look at this picture?  Is it simple or complex?
What do you see when you look at this picture? Is it simple or complex?
This is a very famous but also awesome example of your world turned upside down by how you look at it.
This is a very famous but also awesome example of your world turned upside down by how you look at it.

The first step to perspective is to know yourself. If you don't know yourself how can you truly know anything else? Explore who you are and take joy in it. As you do that being able to view the world in a different way will become so easy. Develop your own perspective.


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    • coleikerd profile image

      Cole Ikerd 

      5 years ago

      :) It is one of the things I like about you.

      Happy to contribute.

    • poshcoffeeco profile image

      Steve Mitchell 

      5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      I like your slant on life. Welcome to HubPages. I know you will do well.

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      Kayla Hancock 

      5 years ago from Chicago

      I love this hub. I can totally relate to just about the whole thing! Totally should have gotten a better grade on that poem. I write a lot of poetry that has this same underlying perspective of everything; I'm just starting to post them. It's great to read things from other people who think similarly! =] Keep it up!

    • Ashamalie profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Roosevelt Utah

      You know I say this to people all the time. Every time someone tells me anything I always give them a different way to look at it. Our other friend Ashley tells me this is one of the things she loves most about me. I don't even realize it anymore most of the time. I enjoyed writing this though so thank you for encouraging me.

    • coleikerd profile image

      Cole Ikerd 

      5 years ago

      Great work! As we know each other in life, you know a lot of what you said are things we have learned together. It's great to see you putting it out there for others to see too.


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