the reverse side
also has a reverse side.
i have been down with a very nasty cold this past week since returning from the burning plains of idaho. i don't know if it is because of all the smoke and ash in the air, or simply the unlucky exposure to some virus or bacteria that proved stronger than my immune system. either way, i have been provided some time between coughing and sleeping to contemplate. while thinking about the drawbacks of being ill for a time, i remembered this japanese proverb and began looking at the situation from a different vantage. one that is not necessarily viewed as being anti- or negative... not wrong or evil. simply *different*!
i don't know why i hadn't thought of this before. "the reverse side also has a reverse side." of course! i use this to my advantage all the time in my art. using the reverse side of fabrics for a different shade or texture. discharging color from cloth and fiber with bleaching agents to reveal the reverse side of colors. studying the reverse side of embroideries to see what different shapes and avenues may be suggested. placing such things as knots on the side reverse to what is ordinarily thought of as the "usual" side to introduce new textures and designs. and so i am now looking at this cold, now slipping away, as the reverse side to my being healthy and running about, sometimes aimlessly, and forgetting to be mindful of each step along the path of my life...
i see so much more right now. paths not taken that are waiting to be explored. activities that have pleasing reverse sides of non-activity. where i had originally sat down at my computer to apologize for not being around and actively posting this past week, i now find myself sharing an idea that was born in that inactivity and challenge you, gentle reader, to see the reverse side of your own reverse sides more often, and to be present to what you may find therein. you may be surprised!