I had a conversation with a dear friend yesterday about making judgments too quickly. About looking at a situation or a person and making a quick assumption about that person, that situation, without taking the time to look a little more deeply. Don and I have conversations about this sort of thing all the time. And it’s invariably sparked by one or both of us saying something like “I assumed this or that about X. I was so wrong.”
It’s a life lesson I keep learning.
For example, I looked at this beautiful coneflower and saw the flower:
Then, using the lens of my camera, I looked a little more closely and saw this:
There was much more going on than I originally thought.
A quick glance while watering showed me green leaves. Until I took the time to look a little more deeply.
And I saw this little guy, designed to blend in with the plants, but not really part of the plant. A new detail. More information. A change of thought about the picture I was seeing.
One of the ideas I hold dearest to my heart is this: