Wednesday 18 December 2019

A Matter Of Perspective

I recently came across this piece (I don’t think it could be correctly classified as poetry, but it is sort of), written by Abdullah Shoaib, and it got me thinking how things can appear to be so different depending to how we perceive them.

I’m very ugly
So don’t try to convince me that
I am a very beautiful person
Because at the end of the day
I hate myself in every single way
And I’m not going to lie to myself by saying
There is beauty inside of me that matters
So rest assured I will remind myself
That I am a worthless, terrible person
And nothing you say will make me believe
I still deserve love
Because no matter what
I am not good enough to be loved
And I am in no position to believe that
Beauty does exist within me
Because whenever I look in the mirror I always think
Am I as ugly as people say?
(Now read it again, beginning with the bottom line and moving up)

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah (2014)

Around the world there are many places that have awe-inspiring landscape.  The photo above was taken early one evening at Capitol Reef National Park in Utah in 2014.   There were no other people around and you can get a sense of the scale of the place by looking at the trees in the foreground. 

Standing there before such grandeur, in the intense quiet and isolation, it was easy to see how one could feel very small and alone and even a little frightened, but one could just as easily feel a sense of wonder and of being at peace with nature, marveling at the beauty of it all.  It all depends on how you view it, because the scene does not change – only we do.

It is said that there are always two sides to every story, and there is usually at least two opposing ways we can view anything that happens in our lives.  It is our choice which we choose.



  1. Boy, truer words were never spoken...and so many times there are more than two ways to view things. I have always been bad to see both sides of things...and I am not talking as in bad versus good. Just like the words Don't! Stop! can be so different if said like with the exclamation points as opposed to Don't stop!

    That 'poem' is interesting. I thought why in the world did you put this in as I read it, then when you told to read from the bottom up, I so got it.

  2. Poem or not, these words are very touching. Whether read top to bottom or vice versa. Thanks for posting it.

  3. It is interesting that way that the poem has a different meaning when read in reverse order. And as you say, life in general can be viewed from different perspectives, and people will have different views of the same circumstance or event; sometimes it is the glass half full or half empty syndrome.

  4. It was very intersting to read that poem. It gave something to think on. It is so true there is always at least two ways to see things.

  5. There is always a silver lining. Life is much more pleasant if we look for it!


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