The other day, I visited a garden where three large curly willows had been taken down to make room for a vegetable bed. A few branches were tossed under a second story deck. The way the green, squiggly twigs looked against the black-painted dimensional lumber post holding up the deck, caught my eye.
It made me think of the many forms of wood, and how contrast enhances how we experience things – everywhere around us. Contrast makes injustices so much more jarring, flavors so much more intriguing, patterns so much more striking, and – possibly – differences so much more frightening. Contrast is the elemental component of drama, that pulls realities out in the open and makes us see them. Looking past the drama, you’ll see that both of the objects in this photo are essentially the same – in that once upon a time, they both grew in the ground. At this point in their life, they couldn’t be more different, and they are both worthy of admiration in their own way. And, they enhance each other in a beautiful way. I guess what I’m trying to say here is that although we are all pretty much the same, we are all different. Rather than using our differences to instill fear and division, let’s celebrate how they complement and enhance, allow us to see and feel, broaden our thoughts and perceptions, and expand our horizons. I wish you a day filled with enough contrast to make you feel deliciously and vibrantly alive, and that grants you new, thrilling discoveries! Here’s to bigger bubbles!