Perspective

I spotted this sculpture at a local museum over the weekend and my thoughts keep wandering back to him.

This first photo was my surprise and delight. The large block figure was so unexpected as I pulled into the parking lot. And the accompanying sign with the title of the piece was even more unexpected — and FUNNY. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at the randomness of the whole scene. I actually said out loud, “You’ve got this Steve!” And chuckled even more.

But then I looked back and saw him from this angle as I headed to the front of the building.

There’s no humor with this second photo whatsoever. From this angle – and without the benefit of the detail/context of my front view, “Steve” looked sad and dejected. I wondered how my reaction would have differed had I viewed this angle first and THEN learned what he was doing.

I guess the moral of the story is that we should get the complete picture before assuming we understand what’s going on with something or someone.

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