In a recent trip to southern Utah, dear friends took me to see some petroglyphs . Time, weather and vandals had taken a toll on the rock art, and many of the figures had faded. They were still lovely, however, and I took a few photos before we left.
Later, I was looking at the pictures on my phone, and began playing with photo filters. Some of the filters replaced light with dark (and vice versa) and I was startled by what was suddenly visible. Many figures which had not been evident to the naked eye now took form.
This started me thinking on filters, and how much they affect our view of things.
Geography, family, education, economic status, religion, the list of filters goes on. As we grow, many times our filters shift; age, health, travel, relationships, children, friendships, self study, grief, joy…
Remembering that everyone is seeing the world through different filters, and also that filters can transform has been a gift to me over the past couple of weeks, bringing more understanding, patience and hope. And thus, the filters shift again.