Guest Blog by: Tyson Douglas - "Ballerina"

When living in what you would call an exposed world with the attitude of 'What you see is what you get', you forget how lost one can be in the mist of it all, expectations seem to run wild both internally and externally. 
However, when we do take time to consider what others have and are truly going through, we realise that 'there is more to life than meets the eye'.
This month we have a special guest blog contribution brought to you by Tyson Douglas, a British television, theatre and film actor born in London, who challenges the above notion and allows you to think into each word he writes through the powerful, but simple examples of a Ballerina and a Chef.

Have a read:
Love not just the Ballerina, but also her feet.
This, along with a series of more graphic related images got me thinking; about how beautiful each of us are, but also how delicate we are too.

How on the inside there are marks left from what we've endured throughout life and that we carry them; irrespective of how well they're hidden, or how aware of them ourselves or others may be; they still exist, and they alter us.

It reminded me how even those who marveled for their beauty and elegance can still feel unattractive or uncomfortable with areas of themselves; bearing within, insecurities and fears of insufficiency; be it physically, cognitively or more often than not, both.

For those reasons alone we need to be engulfed in love by one another and accepted as we are unconditionally; with our perfections and flaws fused together until they are no longer seen as positives and negatives, but are in fact seen no more – like how red and blue combined simply becomes purple. May we strive to accept each other wholly.

It prompted me also to think that maybe we should try to envision sacrifice as quickly and easily as we recognise attainment and success. Perhaps then we’d be more patient, less deserving and in turn more respectful and hardworking.

I believe there is a cycle of universal costs. When we receive or consume something, be it food, art, a gift or anything else; it comes at a cost to at least one party, and has been paid for in one way or another, be it financially or with one’s time and energy.

A very basic example could be:
A chef is paid for their time, they make us food, we consume it, we pay for the food, both parties are rewarded and go home. The chef uses his wages to then pay for his needs or wishes and subsequently at some point, we’ll spend time working to replenish our needs of finance.

The same reward and paying in system often exists in the mechanics of friendship and relationships but with the emphasis less on monetary values and more on intangible things like, time, support, affection and so forth.

At a glance my thoughts on costs and rewards may be touching on Social Exchange Theory, but the point I’m aiming towards is this:

If everything comes at a cost, we should therefore attempt to savour and appreciate each thing, and each moment in finer detail.

Originally written: By Tyson Douglas

Can you relate? Could we finally get to a better understanding of others and begin to love and help each other more than we do now, or will we just turn a blind eye?

Let us know your thoughts, we would love to hear back from you.

**Sending a special thanks to Tyson Douglas for his contribution to our blog posts. We hope you stop by again.**
Thanks in advance.

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