A Snapshot of Your Life


If a photographer were to snap a picture of your life, how would such a photo appear? How big would it have to be to capture the fulness of your life? Would she zoom in upon the details or would he use a wide, wide lens from far, far away? Would such a portrait depict every momentous experience, or could it be encapsulated into the size of a snapshot?

Yes, the picture-of-our-life we carry around with us is altered each time our focus, or perspective, changes. Often, the pose is appealing -- occasionally, too revealing!  Permit me to take another picture.

While visiting Unity Village in Missouri some 20 years ago, I took the opportunity to walk around the grounds. I would zoom in upon the beautiful rose garden, then the swimming pool, switching to the Bridge-of-Faith, or the cottages where I stayed -- but never did I see these features all at one time. The sequential, logical, reasoning nature of my left brain functions quite like this. We think one thought at time, moving from A to B to C, systematically.

Now, my right brain does not function that way at all. For it receives its light from the heart, not the senses. It captures the composite feeling. It sees the whole picture. It perceives the essence of the matter.

One evening while there, a friend took me up in a small plane -- a Skyhawk -- and we hovered about 1400 feet above Unity Village. As it was night-time, the lights glowed everywhere. What a spectacular overview! It was a composite experience capturing the essence of the village grounds and buildings. And I saw it all at once -- the rose garden, the swimming pool, the Bridge-of-Faith, the cottages.

As I zeroed in upon the particular cottage where I was staying, I noticed there was no light in my room. Of course not, for I was not there!  For when I am there, I am fully there:  involved, focused, entrenched in the experience at hand -- unaware that I could be 1400 feet above it all. There ... I have the wider perspective.  Here ... I get the close-up.

Capture them both on film. It's so important that we have the ability to shift to 'there' when we have been 'here' for way too long, as the balance one receives is so beneficial to the soul. You know! Meditation, nature walks, listening to soft, relaxing music, and chanting or praying ... are just a few.

So if the light in my cottage is not on, you can just bet that somewhere high up above in a night-time sky, I am THERE, clicking the grander picture.

Authored by Reverend Virgil Brewer at Unity Chapel
May 1, 2005

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