Consider the Layers
A mid-morning bike ride on the trail led once again to my favorite spot, the breast of the watershed.
I lay on my afghan on the ground for a few minutes with my eyes closed, taking in the sounds of the birds singing and the waves hitting the rocks on the breast. A mild breeze kept only the bumble bee buzzing around me. When I open my eyes, the sun peeked out from behind the clouds…what a sight!
The depth of the different clouds don’t show as well on the still shots as they do on the video, but as I watched, layers closer to the earth passed in front of those farther into the sky. If you’ve ever been in an airplane, you can see the layers of the clouds both above and below as you ascend. The separation between the layers becomes more vivid and distinct.
Unfortunately, life has similar invisible layers that cannot always be seen. Some people only see one layer of reality and make decisions and judgments based on that limited understanding. Others who see more layers may make different judgments and decisions. Yet reality may have layers even beyond those imagined by those who see deeper layers.
The old adage “Don’t judge a man until you walk a mile in his shoes” is one I’ve learned to live with over the years. I understand I don’t see all the layers. I consider the invisible layers and learn to accept “It is what it is.”
Can you consider the layers, too?