Today I am grateful to be alive, to feel, see and know the grace and power of something we call Spirit. That alone is joy and gift enough!
Speaking of dewdrops and today’s Word for the Day, here’s one of my dewdrop images.
I find “wonder-full” whether nearby or out on the water,
sharing a moment with a grandchild,
sitting quietly with my wife,
out walking our dog,
taking that special photo,
connecting with people,
and oftentimes just doing my own thing.
Whenever a project is undertaken where the results are intended to benefit groups of people, organizations, clubs or committees, collaboration seems absolutely essential! I can’t think of a “better way” to have others not happy with an outcome, no matter how great the finished work may appear, when that person worked solo with little input from others. I think that we’ve all been there and done that!
My curiosity is heightened most when it comes to photography. I frequently find myself wondering and thinking about seeking out and creating certain kinds of images, from junkyards to seascapes. When it comes to writing, I have been curious about how best to explore a new topic on my blog, and, given the subject under consideration, to somehow keep it positive at the same time. Here’s what I mean: I strive to keep whatever goes onto my blog upbeat and enjoyable to read. I am thinking about a new series of short articles under the category of “Dear Donald, can we talk about _____.” (And you know where this is going!) I have spent decades helping children, teens and many adults to unravel various personal disasters and actions taken that have hurt themselves and others. So I wonder and I’m curious how best to write in the first person to my current president, Donald Trump, in a way that explains and explores some of his unpopular actions that are upsetting so many. How do I do this, in the same way as I’ve done with my clients over the years, that isn’t ranting, blaming or angry in tone? That’s my challenge. Lord knows I have plenty of material to work with! Today’s question has helped me to articulate more clearly what I’d like to explore. We will see.
Very simply, by being fully present to them.
Recently I have become active in a newly formed social action group in my area created specifically to push back and protest against many of the sweeping new policies of the US president. This is new territory for me. Previously, whatever social action I was involved with was always connected in some way with the tenets of my faith as a Quaker. Today’s Daily Question coupled with the Word for the Day by Marion Wright Edelman, has me thinking how grateful I am that I even have the option to become active and to take action in my own measured way.
The meter is running for my stay on this planet so I might as well sharpen my senses, enjoy the ride and shout out-loud how glorious the journey has been thus far for today.
You know, Pilgrim, sometimes I spend hours tromping around in search of the the so-called just the “right image.” This image I took years ago when i was out driving early one morning when it had rained a short time ago. I literally pulled the car over to the side of the road in a nearby not-so-beautiful area and looked down between the road and a vacant lot, and there it was, this image. Some things just present themselves as gifts that just need to be seen. Thank you for your generous words.
Thank you, Anna, sometimes we just get lucky on capturing what Earth Mother presents.
And now…Good Morning, Mary! Hope the sleep was restful!
I love this, KC, and of course, “Cartoonists for Peace.”
Oh good for you, Deb. My wife loves snorkeling. She becomes one with the water and sea creatures while snorkeling and just takes off. Me, whenever I snorkel, it’s just pathetic. I flop around, my mask fogs over or fills with water; I open my mouth around the breathing tube and start choking on saltwater; if that doesn’t happen, I forget I’m snorkeling and start diving for a closer look at things, and as you’d know, that doesn’t end well either! I’m in my element sitting on the dock or deck of the boat watching other people snorkel with a glass of scotch in my hand. That’s my idea of snorkeling!
If your studio was down the street, I’d be there, somewhat bent but willing! 🙂
I once had one of my photos go viral and it was a headache for sure…but also in a good way too…long story, best left for another day. My great grandmother was from Quebec, and I’ve been to Canada a few times and have enormous respect for their way of life. (The US is darn lucky to have such gentle people to our north!) Posts on my site automatically post to Twitter…a mixed blessing it seems. I seldom use it for myself, however.
I already feel protective for your “Princess.” It seems wise to keep her at a safe distance from toxic substances. But if I get my little series off the ground, I may come looking for some true royalty. Thank you dearly for your words.
Thank you, Pilgrim. I am torn about actually naming my blog in this site as I don’t want to appear like I am promoting it. Now and then I guess I box myself into a corner! Hope that you’re well.
Thank you, Antoinette. It will be challenging, but I really want to find a way to address some of the things Mr. Trump says and does in a way that is conversational, even if I am doing all of the writing. It just feels like we have so much vitriolic, even hate speech out there on all sides right now. And while I have been active politically, I haven’t found the right “voice” yet to write in a way that doesn’t belittle, enrage or mask over that proverbial “elephant” in the room. I have no illusions of changing anyone one way or the other, I’m just approaching the concept as a challenge to write as if sitting across from the president and to remain faithful to the overarching mission of my site As I said, we will see.
Thank you for your words and your confidence.
Thanks very much, Anna. I am honored by your visit.
Thanks Ursula. So far, so good!
So is it your birthday today? If so, happy birthday, Gina! If it’s not, well then I’ll be among the first to wish you happy birthday when it arrives! Happy Spring to you as well.
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