What lies beneath is often completely unlike the surface or covering.
It’s only when we have the privilege of knowing or experiencing what’s behind the shallow layers that we begin to comprehend the full picture.
Through the lens and exploratory courage of our friend Rick (a passionate diver and underwater photographer), I enjoy an entirely different perspective of the Caribbean Sea. There’s a vast life and beauty ‘out and under there’ …
And until someone shines a light on it, it remains hidden from the casual onlooker sitting on a boat, waiting for a pod of dolphins or a whale to appear, as if from out of nowhere.
Much like the ocean, and the rest of our Earth’s landscapes, the intricate and intimate details of a person or culture, escapes the shallow minds we often use to observe what’s before us.
Most of us shun the extra mile and depth of understanding required to really know someone or some thing.
We miss the depth of color and texture and accept our one dimensional, and often mundane viewpoint as all there is …
Beneath the surface, there is a diverse and all-encompassing environment boasting an abundance of beauty beyond our wildest imagination.
It helps to remember not to judge a book by its cover or not to forget there’s always more than meets the eye – this will keep us curious.
It helps to remember that we may not know the deeper story that lies beneath the outer appearances and actions we are so quick to judge – this will keep us compassionate.
And it helps to remind ourselves that there are worlds within worlds above, below and within our very own beings – this will keep us growing.
Every time I have the privilege of experiencing one of Rick’s intriguing photos, it opens up my world and reminds me to seek what my eyes and ears would not typically see and hear.
I know and understand so very little about the world within which we live. I know so very little about how I or anything else really works. And when I think about the natural, powerful intelligence, which lies beneath my limited, but growing understanding; I realize how much more work I have to do.
Let’s all commit to taking a deeper dive.
Explore what lies beneath …