It’s amazing how the light can affect so much the way we perceive things and even our moods. Everyone knows what it means when you talking "seeing things in a different light" but I’ve always thought of it as just a metaphor to describe seeing things differently. This weekend, during a long drive to Karatu and back I realised how the light literally changes how things look and the general effect it has how I take it all in.
I’ve never really appreciated before the differences between the light of the early morning dawn and the hours following and the small hours of dusk near the end of the day and it’s probably something that couldn’t really be captured in a photograph.
Maybe it’s just me, but the morning light of the new day seems brighter and full of promise.. I guess for me, it captures the early morning departures of a fishing trip or safari or the beginning of a new journey… everything you see can seem new , fresh and exciting. Yet seeing the same things in the fading evening sunset casts a whole new perspective and prompts different feelings inside.. one more somber, the feeling of anticipating the end of a journey where you’re looking forward to a nice dinner or your comfy bed.
It’s funny how easily affected we can be by our environmental conditions. Over the next week, take a minute or two as you step aside to look around, smell the roses and consider what kind of mood that puts you in.. think about how different it might be on a bright sunny morning as compared to a cloudy overcast day… does it change if it’s a weekend or weekday?
If you’re anything like me you’ll notice how even seemingly small things like a brighter day or the feeling of a nice clean shirt can make you feel and think so much more positively. These things can change how we see the world and consequently how we react to the things and people around us. It’s a powerful revelation and full of potential. It is something that successful marketing and design companies that have grasped and put to good use to convince us to buy their products.
On a personal level, it is also very powerful… because once you realise how things externally have such an effect on us, then how much more do things internally affect us? The way we think, our values, our culture, our identities all shape how we see the world and how we react or interact with everything and even ourselves.
Is the glass half full or half empty? The question is about whether we see things positively or negatively.. but dig deeper and there’s a lot more to the question that you might think… a colour blind person sees the same colour when he looks at green and yellow… A tanzanian won’t think twice about men holding hands where as you might see it as homosexual (it’s not actually, it’s quite common to see men holding hands)… some see Africa as dirty, dangerous, and unsafe, I see it as an amazing beautiful place where I’m probably safer than in a city in a developed country… you may see the poor helpless people who need your money while I see people full of potential who are capable of helping themselves if they could find the will to… some people see a problem where as others see an opportunity to challenge themselves…
What’s the lesson here? Nothing is ever what it seems, so if you open up your mind to the possibilities you might see things in a way you never thought possible.