‘Over, under, sideways, down. Backwards, forwards, square and round….’
When I’m out walking, I like to look to my right, my left, walk backwards, sideways and back around.
It gives me a new, interesting view; breaks up the straight line of the trail. I’ll even do figure eights. While weaving in and out I can take in the side views without having to turn my head.
Have you ever noticed that it’s always better to see things from different angles? Perspectives? Viewpoints?
Seriously, do you want to think linearly?
It’s kind of boring. (Tunnel vision anyone?)
Put the blinders on and forget about your peripheral vision. It’s the straight and narrow from here on out!
More like narrow-minded. No thanks…
It’s always a good idea to keep an open mind and see other peoples’ points of view.
Can give you a new angle.
Help you see something in a different light than what you may have thought of previously.
The best direction of all?
Like, did you ever notice that when you find yourself walking along, looking down, it tends to keep you in a ‘down’ state.
All of a sudden…
you are so in your head
that you forget to look up and see the beauty all around you.
You forget that big, beautiful picture.
You forget about that great, circle of life all around you.
So, yes, the best direction of all is to look up.
The view is best from there.
I tripped on my shoelace
And I fell up–
Up to the roof tops,
Up over the town,
Up past the tree tops,
Up over the mountains,
Up where the colors
Blend into the sounds.
But it got me so dizzy
When I looked around,
I got sick to my stomach
And I threw down.
The foregoing is excerpted from Falling Up By Shel Silverstein
Illustrated by Shel Silverstein
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