Perspective: Day Two

Thus says the Lord:
“Stand by the roads, and look,
    and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way is; and walk in it,
    and find rest for your souls. (Jeremiah 6:16 ESV)

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Before we get to today’s prompt, let me say a little bit about quotes and context. I love quotes. They inspire me. They give me an anchor for my thoughts. They are usually taken out of context, which I can live with because when using a quote I’m not necessarily trying to comprehend the whole text.

There is wisdom in the small turn of a phrase, as well as a whole chapter or book. When I use a quote on the blog or in my journal, I’m using it as a point of reference or a as springboard to dive into contemplation.

With a complete text, we are often warned to make sure we keep it in context. And I agree that neglecting context can lead us to a limited view, or even misunderstanding.

For the purposes of this series, I am not as concerned about the whole picture. Yet sometimes, we have a favorite quote or Scripture that we rehearse to comfort ourselves and we miss something, if we don’t read a little further. When we read a little further, we become aware of a whole different perspective.

For instance, if we read the complete thought of the Jeremiah 6:16 quote, we find this sentence at the conclusion of the beautiful invitation: But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ Reading past the initial quote can take us down a totally different route. And lead us deeper into the inspiration of the initial thought.

In our practice of exploring thoughts and perspective through keeping a journal or making art, I am not asking that we delve into every context, but just be aware of it.

Use these quotes for your own reflection. See where they lead you.

 

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Prompt for TODAY: I am aware of . . .

As we continue to think about perspective, I thought you might enjoy a video about how to use one point perspective in drawing. I find studying related topics, often opens up a perspective that I was unaware of.

6 thoughts on “Perspective: Day Two

  1. What a fabulous series, Kel. I love your creative *perspective*!! Yes, context is really important for ultimate meaning….say in the Bible. People take things out of context all the time, and truth is lost. But I see what you are saying how snippets of thoughts, phrases, quotes, can bring inspiration and a context all their own, which is your life. It’s that old adage that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So maybe a quote will bring you insight, but not me, or vice versa. Or even, depending on what phase of life I am encountering, my perspective shifts, and what was not meaningful before, suddenly is. That happened recently with an entire book. The first time–nothing. The second time (and Im so glad I kept and reread it), I’ve nearly underlined, highlighted, and scribbled over the whole book!!! Thank goodness, our perspectives can change, and inspiration is always available….somewhere!
    Love
    Lynni

    1. Lynni-I love your insights and enthusiasm about perspective and inspiration. Your comment inspires me to consider what season I’m in and browse my bookshelf to see if there’s a book I’ve overlooked and might be a timely word for now. Thankful to share the journey!

  2. I am late but wanted you to know how powerful these daily prompts are in my journey. Started with Day two when I realized that for the first time in several years I am AWARE that I AM HAPPY. Thanks my sister for helping me to give myself the gift of time to think, explore and “become aware”. This is HUGE ADVENTURING.

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