Writing a different caption
“There is a quiet light that shines in every heart. It is what illuminates our minds to see beauty, our desire to seek possibility and our hearts to love life.”—John O’Donohue
Each week, The New Yorker, on the last page, offers a blank cartoon. Readers are invited to compose and submit clever captions. This week, for example, a giant gingerbread man is lying in a hospital bed with six doctors in chef hats peering down upon him.
Editors choose three caption finalists and then readers vote.
It never ceases to amaze me how widely-varying the captions are. One simple cartoon, three astoundingly different captions.
This popular contest demonstrates just how completely different individual perceptions are. We may think everyone sees the world just like we do. But au contraire, my friends.
ACIM Lesson 27 says: Above all else I want to see.
I want to let go of my false perceptions, my own personally-captioned cartoon. I want only to see the insanely beautiful truth in everything. In everyone.
That sycamore tree in my yard is literally pulsing with life. The sky overhead offers a stunning new canvas each day. Each of my fellow humanoids are, as Hafiz says, “God speaking.” Today, above all else, I want to see the holy, the good and the beautiful.
Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her new book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.