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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

An Exercise in Perspective

A common structure throughout the country is the screened-in porch. In the Midwest, our summers are blissful, but also plagued by everyone's least-favorite pest, the mosquito. Mosquitoes are opportunistic creatures that can always seem to find even the smallest hole in order to venture into our homes.

Here's an exercise in perspective. As people looking out of the porch, we see a screened barrier of tightly woven wire. But imagine yourself as the tiny mosquito. Even the most insignificant hole can serve as a huge portal into the comforts of home.

Which do you see? The screen, or the hole?

As we grow older, we gain experiences and learn valuable information about the world. Each piece of learning weaves a part of the screen, providing a realistic look at what can and cannot happen. It is vital that our society has people who see the screen.

Likewise, our society needs those who see the hole, the possibilities, who don't get sidetracked by why something won't work. These idealists are often the catalysts for change.

The inexperience of youth sometimes makes it more possible to see the hole in the screen - what can happen, rather that what cannot. It is the empowered young person that can use this unique ability to make a positive impact on our community. And it is the wise adult who listens to this perspective and works together with youth to discover a possible solution.

We must face the future hand in hand, together with those who see each part of the screen. And mending the hole may not be the best way...

Copyright 2002 Kelly Curtis

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