Thursday, October 27, 2016

What Do You See?




Recently I traveled out of town to see my migraine specialist. I usually stay in the same style hotel room so I can have a microwave and a fridge. Yeah, I'm a cheap ass. I'd much rather bring my own drinks, and then heat up my leftovers from Bennigan's than pay for eating at a restaurant again. Like I said, cheap.

Anyway, each room has the same artwork and one in particular catches my eye: 




When I first saw the picture, I thought of Jesus. The picture comforted me. My next stay in the room, I must have been in a different head space because I didn't think of Jesus, I thought of Robin Williams. And it wasn't around his death. For some reason, the profile reminded me of him. 

I love how art can be interpreted by people in different ways,  or even the same person can view it in a new way depending on their mood.

What do you see?

As a cool side note, there is this stack of books left behind for people to read:


I love seeing the Big Book there and I read from it before I start writing. It's tempting to leave a copy of mine behind on my next trip. Would you leave yours?

39 comments:

  1. It would be tempting to leave my own book.
    I see a man from Colonial times. Maybe George Washington.

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    1. I may leave mine only because you never know who may need a self-help book. I'll have to think about it. Ah, George Washington. Good one!

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    2. I do, too. Thomas Jefferson was what I immediately thought when I saw it. I'm not sure why.

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    3. I wonder if I'm focused on different things than you guys did. In the second picture it's easier for me to see it the way you and Alex see it. As a historical figure. Something to do with the pillars, which I don't see from a distance, where I'm focused more on the figure itself.

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    4. Give me Jefferson, too! Or a butterfly...

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  2. Heck yeah, I'd leave my book behind.

    Honestly, the image doesn't speak to me. I know that's strange, but it's true. I think I'm in a Halloween head space right now and it doesn't register there.

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  3. I love your self-confidence. I need some of my own when it comes to my book.

    Yeah the image doesn't have any kind of Halloween vibe going on at all, does it? No zombie or witch feel at all. :)

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  4. I have driven through town and left my book at our little free libraries.

    I see one of our founding fathers - maybe Alexander Hamilton. Nah, it's clearly James Madison.

    Love ya.

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    1. I'm starting to see a trend here: free advertising works!

      And also, another person who sees someone from colonial times. Am I really the one one who saw Jesus and Robin Williams? No wonder I have problems seeing identical twins. :)

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  5. I'd leave mine, free advertising works any which way. I'd leave a stack lol

    I see a vampire in the pic, blood suckers.

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    1. I see you're in the majority. Maybe I'll leave a book behind the next time I'm in town and see if it's there the when I return of it's even been paged through. Hmm, a vampire...now that's interesting!

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  6. I'd only leave a book behind if I didn't have any attachment to it after I read it or thought I might read it again. As for the picture, I see a colonial-type dude.

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    1. True. I wouldn't want to leave behind some of my favorite Stephen King books, like The Stand or any from Gunslinger. I love them too much to part with them.

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  7. I don't know about the picture. I don't like it, though.

    I also don't know about a copy of one of my books. I'll have to think about that one.

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    1. I wouldn't hang the picture in my house either. There's another in one of their rooms that's really creepy. My daughter hates it.

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  8. I love them leaving books out for the guests. I suspect that they are at least picked up and paged through fairly often. Yes, I would leave a book that I felt might be meaningful to someone, even if it's just the hotel maids who haul it away. I have been known to leave my copies of Guideposts magazine for the next person to read, they make awesome light reading and the stories are so uplifting!

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    1. I'm certain the AA book was well read because I noticed it had plenty of wear and tear on it as I was reading it. I love that you leave magazines behind for the next person. I'm sure it's appreciated.

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  10. George Washington. Why? I have no idea. I'm not even American. I've left a copy of my book in all the libraries I've visited across N/A. Which really only amounts to maybe 8.

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    1. A definite theme is trending here. I can kind of see what you guys are seeing but still see Robin Williams. Not sure why. I think eight is better than how many I've left - zero.

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  11. I see Washington or Jefferson.

    I'd leave a book. Probably not mine, but one of my authors' books. And some bookmarks, too.

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    1. What a great idea! Bookmarks. How creative and a great way to promote too!

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  12. I love how we can see art differently, like you mentioned, even the same person seeing the art. Pretty neat. Don't know if I'd leave my book. Probably I would not because the books I have, I use. The rest I donated already.

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    1. I think what I see depends greatly on my mood. Where my head space is at at the moment. I have many books that I read annually that I'd be hard pressed to leave behind too. But promoting the book I wrote, that seems like it'd be a great idea.

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  13. Hi Elsie - I too thought of a Colonial leader ... before I read everyone's comments ... but I too am not keen on it. I think I'd leave my book ... ah I see Diane suggested bookmarks ... another option ... cheers Hilary

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    1. I wonder what is making everyone think of colonial times? It must be the pillars or his garb? I love Diane's suggestion too. Very creative indeed.

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  14. I think I would leave a book behind too...who knows it might helped others. Not Jesus for me but just someone walking with long coat from the past. Have a good weekend!

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    1. So you just answered my question from above. It's the long coat for you that made you think of someone from the past. That makes sense. Enjoy your weekend too, Grace.

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  15. I see George Washington. But once you mentioned Robin Williams, I see that too!

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  16. I think I see a man from colonial times as well :)

    I hope you have a great Halloween :)

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    1. Why am I still struggling with seeing it? haha

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  17. I also thought of George Washington when I looked at the print, interesting books there just saying.

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    1. I thought it was an interesting selection of books that people left behind too.

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  18. I love that. Given I mostly read my big book via various electronic means these days - so easy to have it on your phone that I really don't use my paper copies. Maybe I should leave them somewhere... I love that idea. I can always buy another at my next meeting anyway

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    1. I like to have books that I can hold in my hand versus the Kindle. I guess I'm old-fashioned that way. But I loved seeing the Big Book there and I also have it on my phone for quick reference. They are super cheap to get and leaving it somewhere...who knows who may need it one day?

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