My View


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View [vyoo]

  1. an instance of seeing or beholding; visual inspection.
  2. sight; vision.
  3. range of sight or vision    online definition from 


“The forest stretched on seemingly forever with the most monotonous predictability, each tree just like the next – trunk, branches, leaves; trunk, branches, leaves. Of course a tree would have taken a different view of the matter. We all tend to see the way others are alike and how we differ, and it’s probably just as well we do, since that prevents a great deal of confusion. But perhaps we should remind ourselves from time to time that ours is a very partial view, and that the world is full of a great deal more variety than we ever manage to take in.”
― Thomas M. Disch, The Brave Little Toaster

“Always be thankful for the little things… even the smallest mountains can hide the most breathtaking views!”
― Nyki Mack

“If you want to change yourself, you have to change your point of view.”
― Nina Hrusa

“You don’t get to a place by constantly moving, even if your journey is only one of sitting still and waiting. Every once in a while you have to stop in your tracks and admire the view, a small cloud and a tree outside your window. You have to see what you did not see before. And then you have to sleep.”
― Rachel Joyce, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy


Maintaining the best possible mental attitude along my life journey is the best thing I can do for me and everyone around me. That should be obvious, but it requires mental and emotional energy. On some days it seems easier than others to pay that energy requirement, and vigilance is crucial to keeping myself from moving into the “red” emotionally.

In order to stay prosperous in the emotional bank account, I have learned to stay away from toxic people and toxic situations when I have that choice. I work to be at peace with all people whenever possible; but when that formula is not viable, I get away from them. My view of life is my choice.  I choose to think the best thoughts and take in the best view for my life.  KC ’18
























































































I think of the term “platform” as a place which allows me to see beyond where I am standing. As a kid, I went to a rock table in the mountains. After trekking through dark woods, I walked out onto a platform, and after my eyes adjusted to the light, the view took my breath away.  I saw miles beyond the place where I was standing. It was a life defining moment for me. I realized that there was beauty that could bring tears to my eyes and that the world was not such a bad place to live in.

Life was extremely nasty for me at the time of my mountaintop moment. I was living with a relative who was abusing me, and I had very few friends. I told no one what was happening because the abuse was portrayed to me by the abuser as being my fault. I believed that lie. It actually grew louder within me as I grew up, and I have written many poems about these experiences.

At that time, I retreated and spent many hours in my room creating stories and drawing. At school I rarely spoke, and sitting in the back of the class was my preference. The teachers and other students seemed to concur with my choice. Most people have an innate sense about others who are emotionally wounded. That sense causes most people to steer clear of the abused/wounded which perpetuates the cycle of loneliness for the one in deep pain. My world platform was dim and lonely.  I was grateful for the respite that the view from the mountain gave me; I could breathe, even if it was for just 30 minutes of my life up to that point.

Platforms are places we can go to in our physical world and in our own minds. We have that capacity as humans — to fold ourselves into a space (peaceful platform) that can redefine our lives. I have a very creative platform that I retreat to. I create art, write stories, and work on loving myself.

From a platform in your mind, or at a physical place such as a lakeside, a mountain top or a spacious prayer closet, the wounds can begin to heal. Being healthy and having a beautiful view from your life platform makes the journey on this planet much better.


“Hope is what keeps us pinned to this planet as we spin in the orbit of dark blast.” KC