What I see is my giant shadow engulfing my little niece as she sits in the grass. What I hope is that I have enough goodness in me that my example will cast half as great a shadow on her life as that literal one. What I fear is I’m falling far, far short of even half.
You can preach
a better sermon
with your life
than with your lips.
– Oliver Goldsmith
What I see is my niece looking at her dad and her sister. What I know is she was perfectly content to keep playing where she was in the shallows. But this picture fills me with a sense of longing, as though she is looking at them and wishing that’s where she was too. What I think is how often I am filled with conflicting desires. I want to live on my own terms and do exactly what makes me happy in the moment. But when I look around and see what other people are doing, I also want to be with them; I don’t want to be left behind.
If neurotic is wanting
two mutually exclusive things
at one and the same time,
then I’m neurotic as hell.
~ Sylvia Plath
What I see is Louis checking out a turtle that’s nearly as big as he is. What I think is some of us are less sociable than others.
Society is no comfort to one not sociable.
– William Shakespeare
What I see is a brilliant sky. What I remember is this is all that became of some ominous looking clouds. What I think is that sometimes we spend so much time preparing for the worst that we don’t take the time to enjoy what is actually in front of us.
If you spend your whole life
waiting for the storm,
you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.
– Morris West
What I see is a woman being photographed before her wedding. What I feel is happy and hopeful. What I think is that, for just a moment, I’ve borrowed something from her life.
We keep passing unseen
through little moments
of other people’s lives.
– Robert M. Pirsig
What I see is a fish and its reflection. What I think is if you look below the surface, you will find a treasure.
People say I make strange choices,
but they’re not strange for me.
My sickness is that I’m fascinated by human behavior,
by what’s underneath the surface,
by the worlds inside people.
– Johnny Depp