1. This is an old fashioned cooking stove and it is clear from the picture that this family must have been poor.
2. This is a cookstove of a family that clearly cooked many a meal on it, as there is an abundance of pots and pans neatly hung up or stored near by.
3. This is not only the cooking area for the home, but a source of warmth when it is cold outside. This serves as the laundry room in the winter or when it is raining, as a clothesline is tucked neatly above the stove and has dried many an item that the family wears. The floor is swept and not a crumb is visible. All the pots and pans have a place and are stored awaiting the next meal, and the wash basin is hung up after the dishes have been washed and put away. The housewife clearly loves her home and takes pride in the things she has.
So how about it? What do you see?
Life is not about what you accumulate, but how you live with what you have or what you are given. For me I see something that is humble and lovely. I see that perception clouds everything else and confuses reality. Perception often impairs attitude. When you only see gloom, despair, and emptiness you miss out on the simple beauty that life has. What are you missing in your own life because you have blinders on and see only the negative?