September / October 2016
By Alyssa Baker
Let’s try something together for a moment. I want to invite you to find a favorite photo or painting nearby. Got it? Perfect. Remember how much you love that image! Really take it in. Now, place your nose up against the painting or photo. What do you see? Probably a lot of nothing. Maybe your eyes are straining, colors are blending together; it seems confusing and impossible to make sense of the image from this vantage point. Now, I invite you to take a few steps back, or bring the photo further away from your face. Is the image becoming clearer now? Hopefully it is beginning to make sense again. Your eyes feel more relaxed, and maybe you’re seeing a greater meaning in this photo or painting. Now, finally, step away to get the entire beautiful view. Wow, thank goodness there is more! Now, the image seems beautiful, meaningful, and complete.