Thursday, July 12, 2012

Crisscrossing Sprials

Sometimes Ward and I have a "discussion" during which we are irritated with each other. We're annoyed because we can't seem to get the other one to agree with what we think is a very good point.  We "discuss" for a while until we have a light bulb moment and realize that we haven't really understood what the other is saying. It often turns out that we agree on the issue, but haven't been communicating very well. This usually happens when we bring different perspectives to the situation, but we don't realize it. It doesn't occur to us that there is any other way to look at things other than our way because it seems so obvious.

I was reminded of this recently when I was showing Ward pictures of flowers that I had taken for a Second Look. He seemed to be staring at them for a long time and I finally asked him what he was doing. He said that he was looking at the Fibonacci crisscrossing spirals in the middle of the flowers. Translated, that meant that he was seeing spirals in flowers and thinking math.  I, on the other hand, was seeing petals, leaves, and colors and thinking plants. We were looking at the exact same things, but we were seeing different things.

I hope that I remember this example the next time that Ward and I have a "discussion", and we can get to our light bulb moment sooner rather than later.

What do you see?

Note: Ward plans to do a post on just the middles of these flowers and the Fibonacci series.