While waiting for a photo shoot to begin yesterday, I took out the iPhone and shot some pics through the dirty windows of the office I was in. I don't know what the current occupant of the office thinks of their view - but I thought it was spectacular… the backsides of old buildings.
I have always been drawn to the backsides of things.. those sides of buildings, processes, communities, organizations, mission statements, lives, whatever, that are intentionally kept out of public view. That's where all the interesting, messy, bloody stuff invariably is. The front of things is all smooth, sterile, shiny, modern, maybe even inviting. Fronts are carefully manicured and managed. It's the backside that really lets you know what's going on - bricked up windows, broken pipes dripping God-knows-what, monstrous rusting air conditioners, garbage dumpsters leaking grease, abandoned cars, abandoned dreams, broken glass, broken lives.
It's the backside that tells the most truth - and holds the most possibility for connection - always.