Rose-Colored Glasses

Black lettering on purple background says "Rose-Colored Glasses." There are single long stem roses in the top left and in the bottom right corners.


I frequently use that hashtag when posting pictures on Instagram.

Sometimes a picture captures a moment of such beauty, it needs no filter.

It’s perfect just as it is.

It’s perfect with #nofilter.

That’s not to say I don’t ever use filters.

I do.

Sometimes a filter helps draw attention to a certain part of the picture, or it offers an interesting change in contrast or focus.

If I AM going to use a filter, it’s important to choose the right one.

Same is true for life.

I try to filter things through optimism, hope, and joy.

Are those rose-colored glasses?


Perhaps looking through the lenses of optimism, hope, and/or joy is indeed looking at life through rose-colored glasses.

If so, then guilty as charged.

Because sometimes life with #nofilter can be pretty overwhelming.

And if I AM going to use a filter, it’s important to choose the right one.

I’ve struggled in recent months to find the time and energy to write. A group of writers proposed writing something every day for the month of October, based on a one word prompt, and writing in just five minutes – no worrying about perfect grammar or always being poignant or well-polished. I’m giving it a go in an effort to jump start my writing. For the one word prompts, I’m going to follow along with The Upper Room’s Sight Psalms. They put out a picture a day and apply one word and a short reflection. If you are reading this, thanks for accompanying me for this experiment in motivation and discipline.


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