Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Parking Lot Philosophy

Lately, I've been a little bit in love with the human race. Crazy, I know!

But here's the thing: in keeping with the theme of sea glass, I keep finding myself thinking about how we are all flawed and broken and yet somehow beautiful.

I probably should have named this blog "the strange, strange musings of Rebecca Hawkes." As I was walking into my office this morning I engaged in a bit of parking lot philosophy in the short distance from my car to the company's back door.

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I was thinking about how our eyes point forward, literally limiting our range of vision such that we can never see all of what is around us at any given moment. And I was musing on how this extends metaphorically to other ways we are restricted in our vision. Point of view. View point. James Joyce's parallax.

It occurred to me that this "limitation" is part of what pulls us into relationship. I had a vision of two people standing face to face, but looking over the other's shoulder. Each "has the others back," in the sense that each can see and describe what was behind the other. By communicating with and trusting in the other, each member of the pairing has the potential to gain a broader awareness of the full circle around them than either could individually.

Yes, I know this isn't what we usually do. No, more often it seems we stand with our backs to each other, arguing about whose "view" is the correct one, each refusing to accept the validity of what the other sees. Others of us stand alone, spinning in circles frantically trying to cover our own backs. 

My point isn't that we manage our limited vision well. No, not at all. I am simply acknowledging that, in some profoundly fundamental ways, we are designed for relationship. And we do better when we realize that.

So that's my bit of sea glass for today. It caught my eye. I picked it up. And now I am sharing it with you. 


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