How do YOU see the Glass?

 

I came across this visual post in Kate’s blog (365till30) and I locked on.

I wasn’t exactly certain why this image left a mark on me…so I shared the link with several friends and colleagues and asked them to share their perspectives.

Now, keep in mind, everyone was looking at the same image. (I think).

Here come the unique interpretations:

From A Glass Overfull:

“When you have a positive attitude and you totally believe…you can achieve!!” And from another family member: “Both elephant and monkey are optimists.” 

(Note to Self: Water is always gushing from these glasses.)

From A Beer Glass:

“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…” 

(Note to Self: This is from a Mom, a Wife and a fanatical Indy 500 fan.  I think she confused this picture with “The Little Engine That Could” or simply watched far too many loops around the track.)

From A High Potential Glass is Completely Lost:

“Elephants are too big to do trapeze acts?”

(Note to Self: Wow.  Honey, this is the end product of 2 years of college tuition.  Call an ambulance.)

From Who’s Needs a Bloody Glass:

“A leap of unrealistic and blind faith.”

(Note to Self: Yep.  He nailed expectations.  Grab the shovel.  Start digging.  Skip the Disney cartoon characters.  Let’s get to work.)

From A Glass Who Has Cracked But Has Not Broken:

“Seems unlikely but if you think you can you will!  I like the thought ‘think bigger than life or better yet yourself.’”

(Note to self: This from a lady who has been knocked down and will NOT quit.)

From A Glass Who Has Seen Life In Full Technicolor:

“Optimism has more than a bit of naivety because who would jump to her death?”

(Note to Self: Leave it to my deep Dominican friend to drop existentialism into the discussion.)

From Glass Out Too Long In The Sun:

“I see poise, confidence and optimism.  A young woman looking into the future as she approaches a milestone birthday and turning her plans into reality.”

(Note to Self: This coming from a Trinidadian who has NEVER had a bad day. Bordering on heat stroke here.)

From Glass With Kanigan DNA:

“Interesting. When I first looked at it, I thought that yep, just about sums up my life in terms of work, (the elephant) coming at me, three steps from getting crushed.

(Note to Self: It’s in the genes Bro. Just keep working and running harder and harder.)

And for the Glass with Coup De Grace (where a whopping 3 out of 4 family members surveyed had stated something almost identical when they looked at the image:

“Upon closer examination, it appears that the elephant is crapping hisself as he has let go of the trapeze heading to the monkey. I have no idea how to interpret that except that we’re in big trouble fast here…”

So, tell us?  What do YOU see in this image?

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  1. This really is a crazy picture … LOL! But, the first word that popped in my mind is MOMENTUM. The only way to survive this suicidal jump is to take advantage of some serious MOMENTUM. Sometimes, that’s all we have to make it through …

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  2. My first thought was “look before you leap.” My second was “Don’t let monkeys hold grudges.”

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  3. lol..I like this post..

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  4. Optimism is all very nice, but physics are physics. Good luck to both of these trapeze artists!

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  5. The last one is definitely my favorite. 🙂

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  6. Reblogged this on Tazromagna's Blog.

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  7. LaDona's Music Studio says:

    I’m with The Little Engine That Could.

    Love it!

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  8. When your reach exceeds your grasp, hope a monkey will be there to grab your nose…

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  9. Reblogged this on Space for lasam and commented:
    How do YOU see the Glass?

     
    I came across this visual post in Kate’s blog (365till30
    ) and I locked on. 
    I wasn’t exactly certain why this image left a mark on me…so I shared the link with several friends and colleagues and asked them to share their perspectives.
    Now, keep in mind, everyone was looking at the same image. (I think).
    Here come the unique interpretations:

    From A Glass Overfull:
    “When you have a positive attitude and you totally believe…you can achieve!!” And from another family member: “Both elephant and monkey are optimists.” 
    (Note to Self: Water is always gushing from these glasses.)
    From A Beer Glass:
    “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…” 
    (Note to Self: This is from a Mom, a Wife and a fanatical Indy 500 fan.  I think she confused this picture with “The Little Engine That Could” or simply watched far too many loops around the track.)
    From A High Potential Glass is Completely Lost:
    “Elephants are too big to do trapeze acts?”
    (Note to Self: Wow.  Honey, this is the end product of 2 years of college tuition.  Call an ambulance.)
    From Who’s Needs a Bloody Glass:
    “A leap of unrealistic and blind faith.” 
    (Note to Self: Yep.  He nailed expectations.  Grab the shovel.  Start digging.  Skip the Disney cartoon characters.  Let’s get to work.)
    From A Glass Who Has Cracked But Has Not Broken: 
    “Seems unlikely but if you think you can you will!  I like the thought ‘think bigger than life or better yet yourself.’”
    (Note to self: This from a lady who has been knocked down and will NOT quit.)
    From A Glass Who Has Seen Life In Full Technicolor:
    “Optimism has more than a bit of naivety because who would jump to her death?”
    (Note to Self: Leave it to my deep Dominican friend to drop existentialism into the discussion.) 
    From Glass Out Too Long In The Sun:
    “I see poise, confidence and optimism.  A young woman looking into the future as she approaches a milestone birthday and turning her plans into reality.” 
    (Note to Self: This coming from a Jamaican who has NEVER had a bad day. Bordering on heat stroke here.)
    From Glass With Kanigan DNA:
    “Interesting. When I first looked at it, I thought that yep, just about sums up my life in terms of work, (the elephant) coming at me, three steps from getting crushed.
    (Note to Self: It’s in the genes Bro. Just keep working and running harder and harder.)
    And for the Glass with Coup De Grace (where a whopping 3 out of 4 family members surveyed had stated something almost identical when they looked at the image:
    “Upon closer examination, it appears that the elephant is crapping hisself as he has let go of the trapeze heading to the monkey. I have no idea how to interpret that except that we’re in big trouble fast here…”So, tell us?  What do YOU see in this image?

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  10. The monkey will catch the elephant and the weight of the elephant will stretch the cords of the trapeze to their breaking point, but just as they would snap, the elephant will touch ground and hopefully the monkey will hold onto the elephant and let go of the trapeze or he will be the first monkey in space with no rocket.

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    • I read this twice. And now a third time. Stretching cords. Touch ground. Rockets. You certainly gave this deep thought. A+. Or where I grew up, a Gold Moon sticker on your paper.

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      • …or just watched too many cartoons, worked for a kids’ entertainment company and now watch kids’ cartoons with my children so I have lived in that brain a little to easily and have never left it! I love that picture. I can’t wait to ask my kids separately what they think of it and see how different their answers are.

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  11. Jill Waldron says:

    I’m thinking of how great that recently vacated trapeze must feel right now! And it’s always possible that the elephant isn’t an elephant at all but is really a piñata full of bananas . . . And maybe a little helium if the monkey is lucky.

    Nice pic. Who needs inkblots for psychoanalysis anyway?

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  12. Great stuff. Question – are we looking at this from the point of view of the elephant or the monkey? Just saying …

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  13. It is obvious that both elephant and monkey are convinced they can perform this, so why should I doubt it?!

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  14. I think their mutual conviction is laudable and I’m really, really glad they have a net…they DO have a net, don’t they David???? 🙂

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    • No nets Mimi. “Free Bird.”

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      • Ah geez – you’re killing me!!! Ok, behind the monkey, there’s a larger elephant poised on another trapeze bar. Once the elephant reaches the monkey (or vice versa) the big elephant will syncopate his/her swing so that the little elephant will be picked up mid-air by the larger elephant. The monkey ends up on the elephant’s back.
        And just sayin’ – they HAVE to have a net David – how the hell do you get them down at the end of the performance? Do you really think the elephants are going to take the ladder? 🙂

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  15. Four thoughts. 1) Great effort this time Mimi. 2) “Syncopate?” Really? You’re riding at a comprehension level above this reader. 3) Which part of “no net – free bird” is lost on you Mimi. Glance above in the comments section and check out Sarah Harris’ view on this. 4) Ladder? Elephants climbing ladder. This visual is funny. Good one.

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  16. Shelley Jo Rojas Saracin says:

    hahahaha, to be honest, I saw nothing wrong with the picture until I gave it a second look. Does that make me overly optimistic? Seeing the elephant doing the trapeze didn’t look at all odd to me! But after giving it a second look, I did smile. 🙂

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  17. This is the height of optimism, can’t decide who is more optimistic,elephant or…..

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  18. I see trust and faith…both monkey and elephant believe they can and so they will!

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  19. Trust and faith…both monkey and elephant believe they will succeed and so they will!

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  20. I can see two daring animals trying out and practicing something others will regard as crazy. But I guess they’ll do practice it with some safety precautions. They will fall for sure the first time around but once they master this skill they can easily do this without flaw, or they might try switching places, (elephant catching the monkey). 😀

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  21. Reblogged this on Carlo Favaretti.

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  22. I like the very first response–both the monkey and the elephant are optimists–and they will have a wonderful time together, even if they fall to the safety net below and break through to the mat!

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  23. Catch whatever life throws at you. You only get one chance, so take it.

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  24. Reblogged this on OnlyArt and commented:
    Am I the monkey or the elephant. As a second time college student of 27 I relate to the elephant a little more. I’m taking a big leap in finishing my graphic design degree. While this could end up the most amazing act at the circus, it also has the possibility of failure. Although, failure in a way, is not failure. You have learned something about yourself, you have become a wiser person, and you continue to set goals and reach high.

    “Achievement is not always success, while reputed failure often is. It is honest endeavor, persistent effort to do the best possible under any and all circumstances.”
    Orison Swett Marden

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  25. the flying elefant says:

    you never know what will happen if you don’t try it!
    Leap and a net will appear…

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  26. Martin Robertson says:

    My intention obviously is to venture forward clearly independent of any intention to back track. Over to you, Dave. Awaiting the flyback! Marty R.

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  27. hahaha Loved it!!!!! This elephant is so cute, plus he looks happy and so is the monkey (i a smile there) so even if this doesn’t exactly work, i see them trying again and again until it does! 🙂

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  28. Thanks for sharing!

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