Usually, when people look at a picture, they think that the picture has to have some sort of content or message that they simply need to observe for them to get the information. In other words, they look at the picture as speaking to them. It’s a one way conversation.
Little do people know that whenever we are dealing with any kind of natural or synthetic phenomenon like pictures, we actually bring a lot to the discussion. That’s right. I used the word “discussion,” as in a two-way street.
You may think that when you read a book, it’s all about the author letting you know about what he or she thinks or what he or she discovered about the world. But if you pay attention to how you consume any kind of content, whether you read it, listen to it or even taste it, you would see that you actually bring a lot to the table.
In fact, in many cases, when people read a book, they only read what they want to learn about. In other words, they only see what they want to see. Sounds amazing, right?
Well, you shouldn’t be all that dumbstruck about it because this happens all the time. We have some sort of filter that we always put on when we consume any kind of content, whether we’re scrolling down our timeline links or photos and videos on Facebook or we’re checking out one website after another.
Regardless of what you’re doing as you go from page to page, you are making important editorial decisions. You train your eyes on certain things, you scan for certain words, and everything else either do not get any attention or get very little attention.
This all boils down to your attitude. Because depending on the attitude you have, you would either have a great time and you would feel that you are consuming really important and fulfilling content, or you’re just wasting your time.
Attitude means a lot, and this applies across the board, whether you’re reading materials online or offline, whether you’re watching movies or listening to music, or, in the case of Leaming’s Run Gardens, walking through a garden.
You might think that a garden can only deliver one kind of message to all people all the time. You would be absolutely wrong. Your attitude has a tremendous impact on your garden experience.
If you go to a garden and you are just looking for one particular flower, chances are, you probably would block out most of the experience you had during your trip because you were so intent on seeing what you wanted to see. Now, there’s nothing particularly wrong with this, but it really is quite wasteful because when you go to a typical garden, there’s just so many other things going on.
Have a more open attitude. Be there with no expectations or assumptions. Try to be a blank slate. When you have this attitude, you’d be surprised to discover simply how beautiful the world is. You would be amazed at the riot of colors and the vibrancy of life.
Now, it may not all be pretty, it may not all be clear, sharp and well-defined as the professional retouched photos that you’re used to, but you would definitely be transported on a spiritual level because you can see all of this play out on an immediate and intimate level. Attitude counts for a lot.