I read last week about Elder Scott’s watercolors being displayed in Salt Lake during the holiday season. As I scrolled through the images of his paintings, several thoughts ran through my mind. The first was that I hadn’t realized that I’d viewed him with tunnel vision until his artwork took him out of that tunnel. It gave him more than a voice–it gave him color. It gave me a glimpse into the mundane but personally extraordinary things that have meaning for him: a barn, a tree, a boy. I could see a bit about where he’s been and what struck him enough to commit it to paper.
I found myself wondering how many times (oh, how many) I see people with limited perspective and how I can break myself of that habit. It’s just so easy to put people into tunnels and not put forth the effort necessary to see them as they truly are.
It takes time and energy–two commodities that are pretty tightly grasped–but the few times I’ve made the effort, it’s been more than worth it. Even when all I’ve done is simply clicked through a few pictures.
Tell me about a time when your vision of someone has been expanded and what it was that helped you see.
p.s. there are more pictures available at mormontimes.com but I had a hard time getting them to load