Thursday, 16 February 2017

Wonders to behold.

It is wonderful that we all see life from our own perspective. If you take the time to look at a famous street or a famous scene as it has been depicted by different artists you cannot help noticing how each sees it in a different way. 

On television just now there is another of the series of the "Great Painting Challenge'. Here we see a number of artists each looking at the same thing and each painting it so differently. At the end of the painting time the so called experts give a critic of the finished work. On top of this a group of people from the public are invited in to give a vote of the painting they like best. 

Two things that struck me. The first was that the artists whom we are told they had searched long and hard for, some had never shown their work publicly before, I found this strange. The second thing that fascinated me was that the experts did not have much good to say about the art voted for by the public. I found myself in full agreement with the public. 

So it is we all see life so differently.

A group of students was asked to list what they thought were the present "Seven Wonders of the World." Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes: 

1. Egypt's Great Pyramids
2. Taj Mahal
3. Grand Canyon
4. Panama Canal
5. Empire State Building
6. St. Peter's Basilica
7. China's Great Wall 
Not necessarily in that particular order. Had I been asked I am not sure I would have selected the same seven. What do you think?
While gathering the votes, the teacher noticed that one quiet student hadn't turned in her paper yet. So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied, "Yes, a little. I couldn't quite make up my mind because there were so many." 
The teacher said, "Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help." 
The girl hesitated, then read, "I think the 'Seven Wonders of the World' are: 

1. to see
2. to hear
3. to touch
4. to taste
5. to feel
6. to laugh
7. and to love." 
The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop. 
The things we overlook as simple and ordinary and that we take for granted are truly wondrous! 
A gentle reminder - that the most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man.
Have a wonderful day and I am sure it will be full of wonders to behold.

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