While in Chicago, my daughter and I decided to take an architectural river cruise. It was a beautiful fall day to enjoy a relaxing ride.
I learned a lot.
I enjoy Chicago. I enjoy visiting most cities – and most places for that matter. I like revisiting favorites and looking for new adventures. I’d been to Chicago many times, but I began to look at some aspects of it with a renewed perspective.
Our guide talked about several architectural choices that flattered the context. Buildings that complemented other buildings nearby. Buildings that visually pointed to or acknowledged something. Buildings that reflected the natural beauty around them.
That phrase, “flatter your context,” stuck with me. It’s a simple concept. Basically, consider what’s around you and respond in a way that respects and complements it.
Of course, I’m not saying every context we’re in is something that should be revered. We find ourselves in some contexts that we need to walk through or away. But there are ways to walk through or away well.. And the contexts we find ourselves in that are healthy, routine, temporary, and relational? Are we intentional about flattering the contexts? Do we disregard the contexts? Do we try to flatter ourselves more than what’s around us?
What photos do we take? What do we notice? What do we consider and build up?
Think about your contexts today.