On one hand the bush looks dead--no leaves, no pop of color. Look more closely and you'll see signs of life.
One one hand the bush looks weak with it's slim branches dancing in the breeze. Look more closely and you'll see the strength of it's trunk holding it firmly in place.
On one hand the bush looks prickly as you stare at it's numerous shoots. Look more closely and you'll find the soft blooms of spring will sprout.
Life--often like the bush--what we focus on determines what we see.