Day 157 / 2022 Photo Project365

Lesson in a Coffeeshop.

Humbled, the local café I go to often, has many inspiring and comforting words on its walls. From the frequency of my visits over years, all the words are familiar to me; all insights instilled, and lessons learned. Or so I thought…

Today, standing third in line gave me an unaccustomed point-of-view, making me aware of an accidental lesson to be learned from the words on the walls of my coffeeshop. When I noticed the juxtaposition and inversion of words and phrases I’d seen and read many times, through partial and inverted reflections, a new lesson was revealed:

Love people as you are.

— Humbled Coffeeshop

Of course, we’ve all heard variations of the maxim “love people for who they are” but it was illuminating to see it turned around as an examination of self and how we love others!

The full, unedited view of my accidental lesson in the coffeeshop.

After ordering my coffee, I reflected on this accidental insight as good advice; even a gentle call to action. The simple, unintended lesson I learned in that moment (like all truth) had layers of depth and meaning to it, which could be applied to any and all relationships! Here’s some of what I came up with upon reflection:

  • Know and be true to yourself,
  • Don’t try to be someone you’re not,
  • Lead by example (do as I do, not as I say),
  • Act as yourself, from the heart, without artifice,
  • Don’t wear one face in public and another in private,
  • Love people as YOU are and also love them as THEY are!

All this musing and reflecting happened on a day infused with too much caffeine and non-drowsy allergy medication, but I thought it was worth passing on to you…

Camera: iPhone 13 Pro Max
Editing: Hipstamatic app
Photographer: Russ Murray aka “remages
Location: Humbled Coffeehouse, Stamford, CT

See you tomorrow… 


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