Back when I was a health educator, a simple training exercise revealed a surprising truth: most people see change as about loss, not gain. It’s a lesson that’s stayed with me as the years have rolled on, nudging me to remember that stepping towards the proverbial sunnier side of the street can greatly improve perspective.
Unfortunately, reframing deficiencies or emptiness in a positive light may not be enough to offer comfort or inspire forward momentum when reserves are low.
I admit that when I’m feeling especially powerless I’m more likely to take solace in the fact that even world leaders have half-empty moments over trivial matters than I am to seek the upbeat. It soothes me to think of former US President Woodrow Wilson (allegedly) stating:
Golf is a game in which one endeavors to control a ball with implements ill adapted for the purpose.
When looking to amplify strategies for replenishment, though, I rather reluctantly attest that a switch in mindset—no matter how forced—seems to encourage optimism’s arrival.
Anyone beg to differ?
…perhaps bringing calm to chaotic days requires viewing absence as something that permits clearer views, allows exploration within expanded boundaries, draws attention to intriguing qualities, gives breathing room while forcing careful calculations, or creates an unexpected place to shelter…
(top to bottom: A sliver of Barbara Hepworth’s “Figure for Landscape” (1960), a piece that adds sinuous curves to the San Diego Museum of Art’s Sculpture Garden; Oahu’s historic Waialua Sugar Mill now manufactures surfboards, soap, coffee, and more, but its disassembled parts speak to a grittier past; a hard-used, early model Ford stays far from the junkyard, instead parading its battle scars around a small Oregon town; even when rain-drenched, the cathedral-like feel of a forest amphitheater inspires contemplation; a water-logged coconut husk makes its way to shore)