Taking the long view
Tue 06 September 2016
We love to get a glimpse of Sheldon from a different perspective. Every day we’re down here dealing with the everyday stuff and then thanks to the technologies of flight and photography we are given a startlingly different perspective. This one was taken in August and you can see that we could do with a drop of rain!
I’ve spoken recently with several guests making return visits to Sheldon, sometimes coming back in happier times, sometimes in sad ones, sometimes on regular retreat. Either way, a retreat often spontaneously triggers the comparison of ‘how I am now’ compared with ‘how I was then’. Would it be just too corny to dig out an historic aerial photo of Sheldon? Yes, but I shall treat you to one even so.
Sometimes it’s reassuring to see that we’re in solid shape, maybe grown a bit, or perhaps by taking a different perspective we notice for the first time that we’ve become a bit parched?
Whatever the difficult stuff of today, it can be a useful exercise to ‘helicopter up’ and see it from a perspective that is wider than my usual viewpoint, or maybe places now in the context of the past and the future.
For a bit of fun you can try the ‘spot the difference’ game – put them in the comments below along with a guess of the year the archive photo was taken.