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It is amazing how something can look so different up close compared to a far away view. And, when we’re not sure what we are observing, our mind is very creative in assessing this object to solve the unknown mystery.

Our farsighted view of the moon offers a great example.

The Resources.woodlands’ website describes, “The Moon is covered with light and dark areas. The light colored areas are the oldest part of the Moon’s surface – they have many craters and are called the “cratered highlands.” This part of the Moon’s crust formed from a cooling magma ocean soon after the Moon formed 4.5 billion years ago! The basins were formed by BIG impacts early in the Moon’s history. Later, lava filled these basins and cooled. The dark-colored plains we see are made of a fine-grained, dark, volcanic rock called basalt – the same rock type as found on Earth’s ocean floors and the same type that makes up the islands of Hawaii.”

But, even though this is somewhat common knowledge, when you look up into the sky, what do you see on the moon? Depending on where you live in the world, you may see a man’s face, a rabbit or many other things.

LPI.USRA.EDU explains, “As the moon orbits the earth, we see the sunlit part of the moon.
 In the Southern Hemisphere, people see the moon 'upside down' so the side which is shining (sunlit) seems the opposite from the Northern Hemisphere.”

These facts are interesting but something more thought-provoking is how two people can look up from practically the same spot in the world and see two very different things on the moon.

Our experiences, our beliefs, culture, our brain function and eyesight all contribute to what we see when we focus on an object like the moon.

I thought about this as I took in its beauty the other night. I got philosophical. This round-faced object looking back at me helped me put things in perspective relevant to humans and life situations. When we are far away from something, perhaps we’ve numbed ourselves out trying to cope, it looks very different than when we are up close and we’re feeling the heart of the conflict. And of course, someone well versed or educated will view this hardship differently than an individual who is ignorant or inexperienced.

My lunar message, if you are struggling with a life hardship, may the moon inspire you to change your vantage point. Something as little as a shift in view may offer valuable insight that enables you to overcome and persevere!

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