Last week, as part of my friend Elin’s quest to explore and find those treasures just beyond her own backyard in San Diego, we set out to explore some bridges (some hidden and some in plain sight), and take a walk in the park.
I love taking walks with friends. It feeds our brains with those great boosts we get from being active, being engaged in conversations big and small, and learning along the way. I particularly love walks when both my friend and I have our cameras poised and ready for action! We can see, first hand, how even like-minded people can experience the world through a slightly different lens and it all changes.
We met at the Spruce St. Bridge – a beautiful old suspension bridge that connects the two sides of a canyon just outside of downtown San Diego. As you know, I see puzzles where ever I go. As we approached the bridge I saw colors to change (the top of the trash can), signs to duplicate, and bushes to make large.
As we got closer, my eye (and camera) was drawn to the signs.
And the irony….
As Elin’s eye, trained on beauty, looked across bridge’s path….
I saw strings of metal cables, held together at key spots – amazed at the structure and the strength.
I was thinking about how it all held together and the welds that held together the anchors.
So, as we walked across the bridge and started to notice padlocks lining the sides…
And we took a closer look, I was still thinking strength and structure.
Elin knew better though and looked even more closely and a sweeter story emerged….
Symbols of love locked on the bridge that brought Elin back to a story of bridge in Paris (she recounts the story here and history of the bridge here).
Where I saw puzzles with items to change and a structural bridge held up by connections and welds, my wonderful friend unraveled a beautiful story filled with love and commitment. Perspective, perspective, perspective shapes our perceptions and how we see the world.
Moral of this story? Fill your life with people who see things through a different lens and use a different filter. Your (and their) life will be richer, fuller, and filled with a wide range of colors !