Simply Living or Living Simply?

Simply Living or Living Simply?

Driving along a two lane road in the North Carolina foothills, a clothesline and its constituents caught my eye. The clothes seemed to come to life in the breeze. It was as if they were waving to their own paparazzi. I reached the nearest intersection and turned around for another look. Indeed, they were alive! While composing the shot, this is what came to mind…

If you live in a metropolitan area of the world, make a point to GET OUT OF IT every once in a while. Spending time in “the country” can serve not only as way to clear our minds, but as an opportunity to re-adjust our perspectives.

Here’s what I mean…

If by chance a mobile home (or other form of low-income housing) were parked in front of this clothesline, you might think, “wow, they have it so rough they can’t even afford a dryer.” One might say the residents are “making do,” “getting by,” or “simply living.” It would appear to be a really tough way of life…

But what if the home in front of the clothesline were the home of your dreams? How might your perspective change? The clothesline might take on an entirely different meaning. Maybe you would see it as a way of “getting back in touch with nature,” “going GREEN,” “sustainability,” or “living simply.”

Adjust your assumptions and you’ll gain new, and often enlightening perspectives.

I then took this shot…

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One Response to “Simply Living or Living Simply?”

  1. Ashley says:

    Kelly,
    I love what you wrote above about “adjusting your assumptions and you’ll gain new, and often enlightening perspectives.” It really touched home with my own experiences this year. I think your work is amazing and it’s even more clear to your intentions as you’ve added the blog about your work. I’m not just saying that because we are friends. I’ve also been sharing your website and showing your work to my students. They enjoy it as well!

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