There’s something to be said about opinions. They’re like…umm belly buttons… (How’s that for a cleaner version?!) We all have them. But what does one do when their view differs from another?
Well imagine this…
Envision yourself standing with others out in a huge open field. This field is so big and so open that you can see the horizon. You decide how many people are there. Could be 25. Could be 100. Could be thousands. You decide. Some you may know. Most you’ve never met.
Everyone is arranged in one big semi-circle, and in front of every single person stands their very own telescope all directed at the very same thing waaaayyyy out in the distance.
Everyone leans forward, closes one eye, and looks into their own telescope.
If we asked each person to describe what they see, imagine how many different descriptions of the same thing we’d hear, for everyone is looking through their own lens. Their own interpretation. Their own perspective.
If that thing in the distance is as simple as a cow, well ok a cow is a cow. But what if that thing was something like God? Something we may have different interpretations of, yet ultimately is that of love.
Some will look through their lens and see pure light. Maybe golden light. Some will refer to Him as the Universe, Father, Yahweh, or various other names. Others may see a man wearing white with a long white beard.
Now think about every single person looking through their own lens in that field…looking with only love. Not with fear. Not with judgement. Not with arms crossed, heels dug in, being “right”. Simply with pure love. For what they see is their perspective…of something beautiful…no matter what the name or description.
What would happen if we swapped places with the person next to us in the field? What if we looked in their telescope seeing their very own vision…of the same thing? To be open to a different interpretation. To ask questions and gain a different perspective. Yet still viewed and understood out of love.
What if hanging on each telescope were headphones playing music that correlated with each viewer’s interpretation? Music that feeds their soul. Some might hear meditation music. Maybe church hymns. Possibly something contemporary or maybe even music in a different language.
How different music can be, yet how it can connect us to this same thing as we hold the same intention… of love.
So yes we all have belly buttons. And we all have opinions.
May we look through our lens with only that of pure love. May we honor each other’s view through their own lens of love and continue to walk with them on their path. And maybe…just maybe…we’ll learn a different perspective, understand their point of view, and be open to seeing the same thing…just through a different lens.