I don’t think of all the misery but of of the beauty that still remains. ~Anne Frank
It’s easy to get trapped into thinking about all of the things that aren’t going the way we want them to go. The media seems to reinforce all of the negatives going on in the world, and many times the conversation at work and dinner leads to the challenges of the day. These thought patterns can serve as a shield from all of the good and beauty in our lives and the world. In my own life this leads to me taking things for granted.
So for this week, it’s my goal to remember the beauty and to recognize the many positive elements in my life.
May our weeks be filled with good and beauty.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.
~ Helen Keller
May our weeks be filled with sunshine.
We establish boundaries throughout our lives. Sometimes these boundaries are physical boundaries, like the chain link fence that the daffodil below is working its way through:
Even more frequently we establish boundaries based upon our culture and conditioning. We build assumptions that serve us well as we navigate the world, but also limit our perspective and the opportunities that we allow ourselves to experience.
This week I will focus attention on understanding what boundaries and assumptions I approach my day with and work to eliminate as many as possible. The goal? To be open to the world as it is.
Will you join me? If so, I’d love to hear about what you discover.
Have a great week everyone!
Recently we traveled to the Franklin Park Conservatory to explore the various plants. In the desert climate section of the conservatory we came upon a flower sitting directly in between several cacti:
The color really jumped out at us, and the delicacy of the flower makes you wonder how it might hold up in a battle with the thorns on the cacti. I suspect that it would do well given it’s flexible nature.
Thanks to Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack for another great photo challenge!
I spent some time this weekend in our backyard trying to capture images of the flowers that aren’t going to be around much longer. It’s the time of year when things are changing rapidly, and if we aren’t paying attention before we know it summer has arrived and we’ve missed the transformation. In our backyard, the crocus is gone, and the little blue flowers have been swallowed by the grass, but this daffodil is fighting to stay alive!
There’s no time like the present to seek beauty. And if we’re having trouble finding it, then maybe we can create some.
May our week be filled with beauty.
I don’t know about you, but it’s super easy for my attention to scattered into a million different directions, all within the same second. A recent macro photo of a Tillandsia serves as a visual reminder of this:
Just as there are many things that can grab my attention from the present, there are many varieties of these plants (a Google image search highlights this point).
As I begin my week, my intention is to practice mindful awareness each moment. I’m sure that I’ll grow many mental tentacles through the days, more than could ever be represented in a single photograph, but that’s why they call it a practice!
May your days be filled with simple awareness and happiness. Have a great week!
Taken of the lone Crocus peeking up in our backyard this spring.
One of the things I like most about macro photography is that it encourages us to pay attention to the small things. Attention and awareness – two keys happiness.
I hope that your week brings you joy, happiness, and beauty!