Recently I have changed the picture heading to my Blog.
But what do you see in the picture? You may not see what I see?
You may have a different Interpretation of it than I do. It may speak to you in ways which I have yet to discover, or Indeed may never see.
We all look at things through different eyes, and pictures speak to us in a different way than language does.
So while you look at the picture at the top of my Blog, let me tell you what I see, and perhaps you might take the time to tell me If you see it differently than I do.
What do I see?
I see a road, banked on either side by trees. I see a figure on that road in the distance. I cannot tell for sure if the figure Is male or female? I think its male but I might be wrong.
I see at the end of this long straight stretch of road a bend which takes the road out of sight.
I also see just in front of them,fencing and a cattle grid.
There is a mixture of sunlight and shadow on this road, and the patch of road this figure has reached Is in shade. further ahead I see sunlight creeping through, before shadow again at the point where the road bends.
I see open fields to the left of the road which has sheep grazing oblivious to the figures passing. The trees are bare with leaves on the ground, so it is late autumn or early winter.
That Is what I see.
Now, let your imagination go to work, and create a story for your picture. Let your inner vision guide you.
Here is my story for the picture.
The lone independent figure In the picture I will name as Scotland.
Scotland has been walking down this road for a while, and Is reaching towards the end of the section that Scotland has been travelling on.
They have been through times of sunshine and dark times too.
currently they are in the shade, but are still travelling forwards without turning or looking backwards. They are striding forwards with deliberation and without pause. Neither looking to the right or to the left but straight ahead!
But they also have an obstacle In their way in the shape of a cattle grid. They now have a choice to make. Do they negotiate it knowing that they must keep their balance and nerve, or will they allow themselves to be like the cattle, and allow themselves to be penned in to be able to go no further on this road, when knowledge and logic tells them that where there is a cattle grid, there is also a gate they can walk through or a stile to hop over. Or will they be like young children and negotiate its bars playfully without any fear of mishap? The choice is theirs and they will make it. They will not stop their journey because of irrational fear!
The sheep in the fields are docile and uncaring of what Is going on around them, they have been lulled into passivity and have no thought nor inclination for the wider picture. Indeed if you were to direct them to the road, they would simply scatter and run away.
They are easily managed and rounded up, but will stay in that field for as long as it provides grass for them. They have no thought or expectation for anything better. They have no wider vision for possibilities or adventure and are content to be where they are in this one place for the rest of their lives.
They don’t like to be shorn or have doses stuck down their gullets. Nor did they like having their tales docked nor the male lambs castrated, but they submitted to being herded and tended to in such fashion as they felt they had no choice.
The figure in the picture Is different to them,Scotland sees that they have a clear road ahead of them, but are coming to a point in the road where they cannot see where it is going. They carry on just the same.
Although they cannot be sure for certain what lies beyond that next bend, they can using their intelligence surmise that the road will continue and it will take them to their future and their destination.
They have no fear of travelling this road, and they know this road will lead them to other roads, greater and wider and faster with others on it. They will not always walk alone, they will travel with others and meet with others and talk with others.
The road they are on is a good road, no pot holes, and built soundly.
Eventually all roads lead to the whole wider world, and it is their choice and their choice alone which ones they choose to travel on.
Not all roads will be so well made, some pot holes will be in their way, but pot holes can be repaired or negotiated.
What lies next around the next corner Is adventure and possibility, all they need is the will to carry on and the security of knowing that they can make up their own minds on where they are going, and are reliant on nobody else to tell them differently.
Everything has its season, and they have come to Winter, the leaves have fallen and been swept up, and the cold wind blows,but they are well prepared and warmly clothed for it.And even in Winter the sun shines should we choose to venture out.
After the Storms and Snow of Winter comes time for Celebration, Christmas and New Year and festivity. Beyond which lies Spring, and in the Spring comes New Life, Growth, The exuberance and hopes of the young. The spirit of freedom and adventure as we head for the Summers Sun.
Given the choice between being the figure in this picture or the sheep in this picture. Which would you rather be?
I know which I would prefer! Do you?
What’s In a Picture?
Ultimately what is in your Vision and Imagination to see!
You may look at a picture and it may mean nothing to you.
You may see a picture and not give it a second thought.
You may see a picture and be blinded to its beauty and worth.
Or You may see the Big Picture with all its finer detail and envisage something far greater than was ever in the artists mind.
Every picture tells a story and every story has meaning.
Soon we as a country will have the opportunity to paint a new picture in our history, a new vision for our future, and the imagination to make it a better place, without being constricted by the shackles that others have put on us.
Will we have the courage to paint that picture? I hope so!