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sunrise Lake Michigan April 13 2016

I took this photo yesterday morning.  It started out as quite the melancholy day.  The colors of the clouds and water seemed to have a lot in common with their dark tones and unwelcoming hues of gray.

Suddenly, there were beaming sun rays, giving their utmost to push through the clouds and shine some appreciated warmth onto Lake Michigan.

And here is the thought-provoking notable as the title of this post suggests.  When we are convinced that an unwanted situation is simply the way it is, what does it take to gain a new perspective from the supposed absolute of a situation?  In other words, can we see something that is right in front of us from a completely different vantage point?  A shift in perception can illicit a new and often surprisingly simple way to see a situation with a sense of possibility, hope, and excitement!

When I saw the clouds and dreariness that greeted my gaze, I immediately felt a bit underwhelmed, a tad on the unmotivated side, if you will.  But I changed my perspective and focused on the bit of light that was doing its best to see its way through the dullness.  When I saw it from this perspective, I realized that I need to ‘see’ things in front of me from an observation of possibilities, as opposed to a default reaction of taking things at face value.

Here’s a little challenge for you today.  Can you take a look at a situation that you feel simply ‘is what it is’ and find a new perspective about it?  If anything comes to mind, please share it with the rest of us!

I wish you a wonderful day filled with new clarity staring right at you!!


27 thoughts on “Thought-Provoking Thursday

  1. andy1076 says:

    It was that way here too 🙂 from sunshine to rain and storm then back to sunlight 🙂 carazay lol

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Oh was it? I don’t think Mother Nature can make here mind at the moment, eh Andy? Cher xo

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      1. andy1076 says:

        caaaarazay! 😄

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  2. Erika Kind says:

    I love the way you changed your mood in simply changing your point of view!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hi Erika! Why thank you! Yes, I actually did! It is not easy for me to do all the time, but I sure do try! Say, by any chance did you have an opportunity to hear my interview on Canadian radio that I posted last week? Cher xo

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      1. Erika Kind says:

        Sorry, no! I was more off than on for the past two weeks and barely read any posts. Could you provide me the link?

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        I would be happy to; here it is:

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      3. Erika Kind says:

        Thank you very much, Cher. Will check it out soon!

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      4. seaangel4444 says:

        Thank you so much, Erika! Cher xo

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      5. Erika Kind says:

        Done! I loved it a lot! You sound so full of excitement and full of life! It was a joy to listen to you and of course to learn more about Chicago! 💖

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      6. seaangel4444 says:

        Ah, thank you so much, Erika! That is really thoughtful of you to say! Cher xo

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      7. Erika Kind says:

        It’s how I feel about it, Cher. You are a sunshine ☺

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      8. seaangel4444 says:

        Bless you, dear Erika! So are YOU!!! Thank you! Cher xo

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  3. We were at our house closing appointment a few weeks back and what we thought would be less than a 30-minute appointment turned into 2 hours. About an hour into it I could feel mister man going into steam mode, so I made him, our realtor and myself get into a fit of giggles instead. What can you do right – nothing like being a captive audience. Our realtor during the last hour would mumble to herself, shake her head and roll her eyeballs and we would be off laughing again. The best was when she said they really have it together for a Monday morning and hopefully this is not a sign to come for the rest of the week – ha!

    Happy Day – Here’s to Seeing the Rays of Sunshine Amongst the Clouds – Enjoy 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      *LOL* Well good for you for laughing and laughing and, well, MORE LAUGHING! I love it! Thank you for sharing this delightful comment! And to you as well my dear! Cher xo


    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you, Lynn! Cher xo

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      1. Always gorgeous pictures Cher xx

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        Ah, thanks so much for that, Lynn!! Cher xo

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  4. D. Parker says:

    Awesome Cher! Change and inspiration can come from so many places!!! 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Why thank you, dear Donna! I agree! It really can, can’t it? Hope all is well ‘up North’! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Big hugs, Cher xo


  5. Very beautiful photo Cher 😀
    Wish you a beautiful weekend.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hi Irene! It is so good to see you! Thank you so kindly! I hope you have a beautiful weekend, too! Cher xo

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      1. Thank you Cher 🙂


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