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By Anne Garner

In our world of Internet and Space travel, it's difficult to keep our lives and priorities in perspective.

It has been said that one picture is worth a thousand words, so I've  abandoned my plan to write about how viewing life from a different perspective, can give us a twisted view of reality.

I've decided instead, to illustrate using pictures, how easy it is to lose sight of where our lives should be and what attitudes we should hold fast.  If we take the reality of our individual lives and adapt it to the humdrum of what society would have us be, we could end up having very distorted and misconstrued ideas of what is honest, good and important in the journey of our time on earth.

Here are some pictures, looking at them we would know exactly what they are, but taken from a perspective which is less than perfect, their realities have been distorted to become something totally different.

All pictures are with express permission of Ahmad Anvari.


Pulling up the moon? Sometimes we take on tasks which in reality are too heavy for us to carry.  Let's keep our work load practical and sustainable.  Burning out like an overused, neglected candle leaves us unable to serve anyone in the end.  

without a head

Where is her head?  Use your head when you feel like you're swept away by the tides of materialistic fortune and fickle fame, which surround us everyday, enticing us to believe that if we ourselves could be surrounded by an entourage of false friends, that we would be happy as well.


It is very easy to fall over when your foundation is not built on a solid moral value base.

kiss statue

Grab every opportunity to show love to the people who matter in your life.  It makes no sense to wait for special occasions.


Stretch as far as you can to help out those in need.


Pick up every opportunity to be childlike, funny and spontaneous, even if others think that you're silly and immature.


Dwelling in the past and on mistakes you've made, bends you out of joint and renders you unable to enjoy the pleasures of right now.


Face up to your fears.  Look at them in the eyes and take them on.  This is the only way to discard what could otherwise debilitate you


There'll always those who will try to take your mind off your goals.  It's enabling for some people to watch others wallow in their low expectations of their lives.  Having you there gives them a reason for not trying to get ahead. Give them the elbow and stay as far away as possible


Love life and take part in physical events.  It's surprising how much stress is expelled by 10 minutes of brisk walking.  Try it.  Leave that computer now and then and release stress in physical ways.


Keep your light shining.  It's not okay to let it go out for even a second, for in that moment, a loved one drifting astray may need your light to guide them back home.

Let us remember, while we laugh at these pictures, that sometimes when we're certain that we're right and someone else is wrong, it may  just be because we're looking at that particular situation from different angles.  

What we therefore see, are imperfect parts of a whole. What we perceive with our own eyes is not necessarily the truth, it could just be that our vision is coloured by the very individual glasses that we insist on wearing.  Maybe life is not as bad as it seems, perhaps if we take off the glasses of misery and don the rose coloured pair, our outlook may be a lot more positive.  

And how could 'positive' hurt?  

Let's try to remember to file the basic important factors of our lives into the correct perspective.  In today's society where celebrity status is craved after, and riches is the pinnacle of perfection, let's decide that our perspective will remain focused on the ideals, beliefs and people who really matter.  

Let's decide that our perspective will always be founded not on what society thinks we should aim for, but what our life has taught us that we need.

Let the angle of the pictures we take be the one that truthfully reflects reality.  

I know, I did say I would use pictures, not words.  I failed.
Quite publicly and miserably.

Anne Lyken-Garner is a contributing writer for Fabulously40 Youth Project Worker, Writer, Television Support Actress & Occasional model.

To find more of Anne's work visit her blogspot 

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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Stephanie wrote Dec 22, 2007
    • I love these photos, they really do portray the hectiv lives we live in day to day. I can honestly say that i find myself trying to accomplish goals that are out of my league. I need to focus on something more realistic, accomplish that, and then strive to excel further.  

      I love the gymnast, really explains that sometimes we do just lose our heads amongst the mist of our chaotic lives.

      Really enjoyed this article, and the photos. If you have more please share them with us.

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    • 0 votes vote up vote up

      Anne Lyken-Garner wrote Jan 9, 2008
    • Dear Stephanie,

      Thank you for your comment on my article.  It’s always great to receive such positive feedback.

      About sharing more pictures, here is a link to some that you may like.

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      Anne, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.

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