The dreaded scale

Nope! Not that one! Today, it’s about your perception of scale, in relation to size.

When I first read the assignment, my instinct was that this would be a really difficult assignment. I had no confidence in my ability to make those observations. Thinking back to all the fingers touching the moon, the Eiffel Tower cradled in my husband’s palms, etc. None of those were my ideas.

Little did I know that I would complete the assignment before I’d had my morning coffee.  Today is hair, cut and color, day. Sitting in the waiting room, my photo was staring me in the face.


Simple enough. Then I decided to play with viewpoints. The view from below reminded me of my toddler memories. There aren’t many but I have one vivid memory of approaching a giant bathtub. The bathtub was so large that I had to pull myself up to see over the edge. I was an adult before I realized the tub in my memory was normal-sized. I was the small one.


Taking the photo from above brings NBA basketball players to mind. How must we look to them?  I can’t imagine looking down on people, every moment of my life; always being the tallest person in the room.  Their view is probably an entirely different experience. I wonder if they recognize the tops of people’s heads like we recognize faces.  I wonder if NBA players have more cervical neck injuries due to the constant downward curve of their spine. I wonder a lot of things.

There have been many times in my life when I’ve felt small compared to huge, daunting tasks ahead. They hang over you and fill you with dread, often decreasing your productivity.  The opposite scenario is a little less obvious to me.   I suppose you could look at as if you are looking down, towards your goals and they seem so far(small) in the distance and near impossible to reach.

The best way to meet your challenges could be described by the first photo. Meet each challenge head on, tackling one thing at a time, on an even scale, without feeling overshadowed or  like the destination is impossible to reach.

All this thought from some shampoo bottles!

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