THE SIGN PART
I was on Instagram looking at photos of bathroom renovations. Our bathrooms are still on schedule for renovations to begin in May.
As I was scrolling along, IG started showing me other photos, in this case ones of home offices. [The algorithmic ways of Instagram are mysterious, I’ll say that for it.]
I stopped to look at one particular office because it was a good use of space and natural light. In the office on the shelf above the desk was a sign that I believe was meant to be inspirational. The sign said:
DO WHAT THEY THINK YOU CANNOT DO
I started laughing because this seemed like absurd advice to me. For one thing, how do your know what THEY are thinking? Are you a mind reader? Or did THEY text/email/tell you that you cannot do something?
If so, why?
But beyond figuring out what THEY think, I was entertained by the idea that someone felt vengefulness would be an appropriate touchstone to use as a way of giving your spirit a boost.
What are you, a Klingon?
To cheerful little me the message on the sign seemed like an odd, somewhat spiteful, point of reference on which to focus your energy whilst pursuing a goal that may or may not be in your best interest, according to THEY.
But then maybe an ‘I’ll show them’ attitude is more motivating than I understand. And perhaps, it is possible that THEY need someone to give them their comeuppance. So who am I to say that this sign was bad advice?
THE PHOTO PROJECT PART
Last April I started a one-year monthly photo project in which I stood in the same place on our deck and snapped a photo of the tree line. The first installment is here. The second installment is here.
These are the last two photo in this project. I give myself props for following through on this project, but it’s over now. I may do something like this project again, just not looking at these trees.
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