Stories that Matter

A Different Perspective

Welcome to another Throwback Thursday Post! We’re talking about my California anniversary trip that inspired me to write The Memory of You! If you’re just jumping on here, you can read last week’s post here.

Today we’re going to to talk about perspective. Meaning, how we view things, the world, our families, friends, co-workers. Sometimes life gets hard doesn’t it? Sometimes we need that different perspective to spark a new idea or a new way of seeing something.

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One of the first stops on our tour of Napa/Sonoma was an amazing family owned winery. Robert Hunter Winery was tucked away amidst the rolling hills and towering trees, and took my breath away the moment I stepped out of the car and looked around. Beautiful scenery, rose gardens and the most amazing wisteria vine I’d ever seen, surrounded a delightful home where the owner and his family had lived for generations.

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It was fascinating to tour such a small winery, but also to listen to the history of the place. The Vintner obviously loved what he did and loved the land he worked on. He and his family lived on property, and I found myself thinking what a cool place this must be for kids to grow up. The highlight that day was meeting Robert Hunter himself. He was pretty frail all those years ago, and I suspect he’s probably long since passed, but he spent some time with us on his beautiful patio overlooking the vines, and it was one of those moments where you know you’ve been in the presence of an old soul who’s seen more in one lifetime than you could imagine.

If I had to pinpoint one particular day when the first spark of a story idea started, I think it would be that day, staring over the vines and wondering about the people who had come and gone through the doors of the old house. And I wondered if this island girl could possibly create a story based in California. A story about something she knew so little about.

A matter of perspective.

I didn’t know how this story would shape up yet. But I knew I had to write it and as always, trust that the words would come. Because sometimes that’s the only way, isn’t it?

Once I determined to do it, I knew the rest would fall into place eventually. And I’m so glad it did.

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Sometimes it’s all about changing our view for a little while, isn’t it? When we find a new perspective, anything can happen!

Have you discovered something new through a shift in your perspective? Let’s talk! 

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  1. Fiction Aficionado on March 9, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Books change my perspective all the time! That’s one of the things I love about them. But I think travelling anywhere changes your perspective. Experiencing another culture, or even just another way of life within your own culture, really broadens your perspective.

    • Cathy West on March 9, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      Traveling can definitely change one’s perspective!! I get itchy after a while if I haven’t been able to get off the island. Like now. 🙂 It hasn’t been that long, but I think all the bad weather we’ve had has got me a little stir crazy.

  2. Fiction Aficionado on March 9, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Books change my perspective all the time! That’s one of the things I love about them. But I think travelling anywhere changes your perspective. Experiencing another culture, or even just another way of life within your own culture, really broadens your perspective.

  3. Winnie Thomas on March 10, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Cathy, I love your posts. You always put so much thought and heart into them, and often THEY give me a new perspective. You’ve got some big things coming up with your new book release and a new grandbaby. They’re probably contributing to your “itchy” feeling. Hugs, my friend!

    • Cathy West on March 13, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      Thanks for reading, Winnie! 🙂 I think you’re right, ha!

  4. Beyond Imagining | Catherine West on March 16, 2017 at 4:12 am

    […] about my trip to Sonoma on the blog this month. You can catch up on the past few weeks here and here, if you want! Last week I shared how enthralled I was when we visited a small family-owned winery. […]

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