Actual From Abstract

A colleague’s daughter drew this. 


At first glance, I wasn’t sure what I was looking at. 


Do you see what it is?


At first, I was thinking something a little alien perhaps. 


But there it is right in front of you.


It’s the head, ears, nose, and tusks of an elephant. 


I really like the abstractness of this art. 


All from simple circles, and voila you have an elephant. 


Look carefully at what you think you see, and let your mind put the whole picture together. 


That’s how you come to the actual from the abstract! 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

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Things Look Different Up Close

So this was interesting. 


I was coming up the highway. 


In the distance, there looked like there was a large tractor-trailer heading towards me.


I had to take a double take, because this truck was on my side of the divider…Oh shit!


It was only as I got closer that I could see that the truck was really being towed in reverse by a tow truck. 


Yes, “seeing is believing!”


This is a lesson in life:


Things may look one way from a distance, and very different up close. 


Sometimes, my wife tells me:


“Andy, don’t look too close!” lol


But the truth is that you may not really see what you heading towards until it’s right in front of your eyes.


So it’s important to look out over the horizon and study what is coming your way. 


But don’t take your eye off the ball (or Mack Truck as it may be). 


Things can change your perspective the closer you get to it. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Guard Your Menorah

Zebra Menorah
This was a funny picture I took of a zebra with the stripes that are in the shape of a Jewish menorah. 



The menorah has a center stem from which to light the branches extending upward to the left and right on the menorah. 



Last night at a Shabbat dinner, someone said something very interesting about keeping G-d commandments and staying innocent and holy.



He said a person face, which has 4 of our senses (mouth, eyes, nose, and ears) is actually like a menorah.



These start at the center of the face and then are emanating upwards and outwards:



– First, the mouth (speech)  is sort of the center stem–and our words needs to be carefully spoken so that we speak nicely to others and not to hurt them with what we say. 



– Second, our nose with 2 nostrils (smell)–we should smell holy things like the sacrifices and incenses to G-d, and not things that make us improperly attracted to worldly impurities, like inappropriate sexual partners, drug, smoking, and alcohol. 



– Third, our 2 eyes (sight)–we need to see the good in others and the world around us, but guard ourselves so that we do not see things that make us want, desire, and lead us astray after falsity. 



– Fourth, our 2 ears (hearing) –we work to avoid hearing “evil speech” about others and instead seek to perceive words of insight, spiritually and growth. 



I would add the following to complete our 5 senses:



– Fifth, our 2 hands (touch)—because if we but lift our hands up to heaven in prayer and servitude to G-d, then we use our sense of touch for helping rather than hurting people. 



So while this zebra has a menorah on his side, we have it built into our very faces and bodies. 



And with a little effort, we can use all our senses for doing good, and guard ourselves from the otherwise seemingly natural impulses to do otherwise.  😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)