Perspective - It's All About Where You Stand
Menachem Bar-Shalom



The other day I came across this set of four pictures I took at the Weizman Institute, some 12 years or so ago.  I want to share them, and some thoughts, with you.


It was during chol hamoed Pesach, and my family and I spent a good part of the day at an open-to-the-public science fair. At one point in the afternoon I came across this unique metal sculpture. While I can't remember which of the four angles I initially saw, after walking around it in awe for a few minutes,
I took this set of pictures, not believing that I was seeing one design that evolves into four distinct creations.

The first on the left is nice and colorful enough in its own right. I'm not sure, though, that I would have taken a picture of it, if that's all I would have seen of it. In the second perspective, the original view becomes interesting. The third view becomes even more interesting. The last perspective really blows you away. Do you see what the really creative genius artist (sorry, don't have his name) did in the "empty" space of this seemingly free-standing piece? (I'm not telling - you have to see it yourself).     

I find this to be an absolutely amazing - and thought provoking - work of art (maybe this can be "photo-shopped" and made to spin around so that you can see it from every angle, as I did walking around it). It teaches us, with no words, that life is about different perspectives, about moving just a little - physically and/or mentally - to see what we (think we) see, slightly, or more than slightly, differently. And in making that little effort, the difference between angle #1 and angle #4 is a difference between night and day, between hot and cold, between anger and understanding, between sadness and hope, between irrational and thoughtful.............

Each of us, every human being, every one of G-d's creations, at almost every age, are as "shooting stars". We all are constantly in motion - physically, mentally, spiritually - and in that frenzy of motion, we come into contact - by design or by accident - with others, whether they be family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, or strangers. The nature of that coming-into-contact is defined by our perspective at that moment of contact - how we see them in relation to us, or how we see ourselves in relation to them, which is also about one's perspective.

We are not inanimate "shooting stars", though the pace of our lives sometimes (often?) makes us feel that we are just that.  Rather we are created in G'd's image, and we have to rapidly apply the "brakes" in the split second before actual contact - be it verbal, physical or otherwise. It's not easy, but just as in driving any kind of vehicle, it is very necessary.     

Keep this as a reminder that life isn't always how we perceive it. It's about what we make of it.