Kaleidoscope Life In Bits and Pieces

by Sherry Riter in Art  ,Memory

It is just a simple cardboard tube capped at the end with mirrors inside to reflect the broken bits illuminated by the outside light. When the viewer looks in the hole on one end, light at the other end helps to create colorful patterns reflected off the mirrors. Who would ever think that such a toy could keep children occupied for hours and years? I’ve had my share of kaleidoscopes ranging from the cheap to expensive, but all entertained me into a restful peace and color-filled experience.

The word “kaleidoscope” is derived from Ancient Greek words that mean “observer of beautiful forms.” Sir David Brewster invented the kaleidoscope in 1817 and I do not think he could have chosen a better name for this wonderful invention.

Life is filled with fun times, opportunities, excitement, devastating experiences, happiness, spiritual moments, pain, joy and a million other bits and pieces. Taking all those moments and shuffling them together creates the bits and pieces of our life’s kaleidoscope. It is colorful no matter how you look at it and no two moments are exactly the same nor are there any kaleidoscopes just alike.

Each kaleidoscope is unique and with each turn, the bits and pieces fall into a whole different pattern of colors of shapes.

You will become mesmerized, so have fun with the kaleidoscope site.

“I gathered the bits and pieces of my shattered heart and mind. They had been shifted and turned into a million shapes like a kaleidoscope in the hands of a small child. Silently I cradled the fragments safely against the warmth of my body. Huddling in the darkness and all alone, I will wait…and wait… for the healing powers of time to bring all the parts back together again.”
~The Redhead Riter~

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sandi August 3, 2011 at 12:11 pm

What wonderful imagery to hold when I am feeling broken! I may borrow this from you for a children's message sometime…which is often for the adults. : ) Thank you for a wonderful and beautiful start to my day.


2 ArtMuseDog and Carol August 3, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Wonderful post ~ hope you are feeling better? Heard you were 'under the weather' ~ 'Don't worry, Be Happy."
hugs and namaste, Carol (artmusedog)


3 Stéfan Lévesque August 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I love kaleidoscopes. And, yes, it is as if our lives are filled with colourful bits and pieces to create a kaleidoscopic feel. Well said.


4 Anonymous August 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I love kaleidoscopes. And, yes, it is as if our lives are filled with colourful bits and pieces to create a kaleidoscopic feel. Well said.


5 Brooke @ MBB August 3, 2011 at 7:56 pm

I love your quote at the end!!
I remember looking through kaleidoscopes for hours when I was a kid. =)


6 Barkha Dhar August 3, 2011 at 10:24 pm

It is amazing to see how beautifully you have compared the many human emotions in life to the vibrancy of kaleidoscopes. I believe that looking through a kaleidoscope is looking through the good times, sad times, and changing times of our life and all these events indeed have a beauty of their own. It was wonderful to read such an illuminating post. Thanks for sharing your wisdom. I am following your blog. You may like to follow mine.
Barkha Dhar


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