I do like to ask questions, but sometimes when I ask a question, I get a funny look. Like when I ask, how do you see? It sounds like a dumb question, but there is no such thing as a dumb question. Right?
Not everyone or animals can see the same way. A frog, for example, has eyes positioned on top of its head to provide a field of vision of almost 180 degrees. This peripheral vision helps them spot predators and prey.
Like a human with color blindness, cats see shades of blue and green, but reds and pinks can be confusing—the richness of the hues and saturation of the colors they cannot see.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” This phrase is a paraphrase of a statement by Greece philosopher Plato and has been used in many ways over the years. The origin of the saying, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” comes from the author, Margaret Wolfe Hungerford (née Hamilton). Hamilton would use the pseudonym “The Duchess” for much of her career. Her book “Molly Brawn” was published in 1878. The real beginning of this statement and its meaning are debated.
“Seeing is believing, but the feeling is the truth.” —17th-century English clergyman, Thomas Fuller. When making this statement, Fuller thought believing and truth were two separate things.
Believing helps us see things with our spiritual eyes and senses. The world tests us daily of our deepest beliefs, it seems. Today, we may find ourselves “questioning” more and more. “Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.”—Chris Van Allsburg
Choosing to see
The structure of our bodies provides us with what we need in our abilities to see. Many animals are provided with night vision to see at night to protect themselves from predators or to find survival food.
When we are injured and lose sight, the other senses become more vital to help us for protection. Sight is an integral part of our essential needs and should never be taken for granted.
Choosing to see or how we see has a different meaning. What do we choose to see in our environments? When we dig deep into our core beliefs, values and understandings are where we find vision. If we choose to look at things with a negative, “Judger” or pessimistic way, it is the problem. As we look at ways to “see” improvements, pause to ask the question: How do you see? It can lead to many conversations, great discussions, more questions and maybe even a change in lives. Changing how we see may change our lives! Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus—-well in the way I see things there is!