Sunday, 1 April 2012

It All Depends On How You See Life.

Early Morning North Beach Iona

I was out running this morning, the sun shining although still the early morning chill was in the air. Feeling good I had decided to run my hilly route which climbs steadily until at last I find myself on the little path that runs through the woods high up on a ridge along the coast.  During the winter a number of trees have been blown over and lie fallen across the track. The person running with me saw these  as a spoiling of the route, having to find a way round  them. I saw them as a challenge something to hurdle over.

As I approached them two deer ran in front of me and it was as if the trees were not even there they soared through the air  and onward ran.  So there was  us and the deer and we each saw the fallen trees in a different way.

There is a lovely story of the new convert to religion.

He was sitting at the side of a track very interestedly reading the Bible while waiting for transportation and every now and then would exclaim, “Alleluia, Praise the Lord, Amen” and on and on as he read on.

A skeptic heard him and came and asked what he was reading.
He answered” I am reading how God parted the Red Sea and let the Israelites go through–- that is a miracle!”
The skeptic explained “Do not believe everything the Bible tells you. The truth of the matter is that that body of water was only really 6 inches deep–- so it was not miracle.”
The hippie nodded in disappointment but kept on reading as the skeptic was walking away feeling proud that he had set the hippie straight. All of a sudden the skeptic heard the hippie let out a big “Alleluia, Praise the Lord!”
At this the skeptic came back to him and asked, “What is it this time?”
The hippie said excitedly in one breath, “This one is a real miracle, God drowned the whole Egyptian army in 6 inches of water!!!”

Yes it all depends on how you look at it. Is it a hurdle or something to see as a challenge?  Is it something that makes life difficult  or something that  brings a new dimension to life? 

This blog is linked to my other: Early Morning North Beach Iona.


  1. Good Morning Ralph, today will be a great day!
    Great post, of course, and I am thinking politics is the same. It is all dependent upon how you view life. To me it is a gift to be shared.

  2. so nice to see you back. I hadn't noticed you most recent posts. I was hoping you hadn't abandoned us all! Love the story and the painting is terrific.

  3. Very true Ralph...always two ways to look at all situations :) thanks for the story and the painting too

  4. Oh yes, when we are aware and concious of our thought process, we can be well in control of how we perceive and that matters.Enjoyed the post ,as well as the painting!