Perspectives

Isn’t it interesting how things can change when we look at them with a new perspective?!Perspectives

Each year brings with it new goals; some new dreams and desires. Each year that passes also gives us new perspectives. Some are of those are positive things, some are skeptical and some even negative. What I hope for this year for myself and for all of us is that we gain more perspective on who we TRULY are.

That we be ourselves…

Laugh uninhibited…

Cry freely when we are sad…

Forgive ourselves when we mess up, or fail at our goals… (because, yes, it’s gonna happen!)

Forgive others when they mess up and fail… (because, yes, that’s gonna happen too!)

And that we take more time to…

Spend more time with the people we love.

Doing the things we love.

What do you think?

(Image credit: Pencil Me In – Bloglovin: http://bit.ly/1aoI198)

Dublin Time Lapsed Beauty

Sometimes after you’ve lived in a city for a while you can forget what makes it beautiful. You get caught up in the things that are frustrating about it. Then something happens. The wind shifts, a new song plays, and you are reminded again why it’s beautiful in its own way. You remember why you love it.

Matthieu Chardon’s video just did that for me. It’s made up of time-lapse sequences but truly it’s made up of so much more. It really captures the history and a heartbeat of Dublin.

It was striking. The stillness in the movement and the changes in the constant.

All at once. Separate. Together.

Watch it and think about it. (I promise. It’s short. And lovely.) Tell me about it. Do you know Dublin? Have you been there? If you haven’t been yet, what did you see? Or if film and media are your thing, tell me what you saw in the film. What was your one beautiful thing?

(yes, the clouds really move that fast. and yes, they are there most of the time)

Illumination – Weekly Photo Challenge

I’m so happy to be back on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week.

Illumination is the focus this week. I really like how Cheri mentioned their interest in abstract and creative interpretations. That basically sums up what I aim to communicate on these challenges, and on this blog as well.

These were taken on the train recently. It was a very foggy, wet day outside and the windows of the train were fogged up inside. It made for some stunning views.

Tree Echoes Through Rain

Tree Echoes Through Rain

Light Echoes Through Trees

Light Echoes Through Trees

And one more from an opposite kind of day…

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Peace out.

Writing Challenge – Day 7 – Start (Ugly)

I think Ugly is a better header for today’s challenge. It’s definitely a, make you pick your head up and look twice, kind of heading. But the point is to start. Because without starting something, even though it’s in bits and pieces and ugly, you’ll never get to anywhere beautiful.

Now that is inspiring and encouraging to me.

I’m taking this as an encouragement and a refreshment in attitude towards a piece that I’ve been working on yet it’s all in peices. It’s getting long and I have no idea how to piece it together. I have the beginning, ending and some of the middle. I even have 500 words of a part that after consideration, doesn’t seem to fit in at all. So, I’m going to commit to seeking out piecing this thing together. I’ll look forward to updating you once I’m done.

In the meantime… click here for a short thought on Ugly.

Oh, and a few days back I skipped a few days in these postings…

As I’ve been processing things in this challenge I’ve given myself permission to enjoy the days that I’ve posted without the pressure to “do it all”. When that pressure starts happening the fun and growth and joy in it seems to quickly dampen and that’s just no good. So, I’m incorporating those days in the challenge into my overall posture and just moving ahead and enjoying the view from where I am. (This is not as easy as it sounds but it is oh so refreshing!)

Chat soon!

Writing Challenge Day 6 – Steal

So day 6 is Steal. Funny enough when I was reading the post itself a paragraph stuck out to me and I was already thinking of posting it somewhere. So when I saw that the challenge was to “steal” something I thought, sure enough, I’ll just steal this.

So I’ve taken two things that inspired this:

“Sometimes, we don’t even realize we do this, but we all do it. Great artists borrow from other artists. They meld together pieces of the chaotic mess we all call life, and they end up with a whole new creation.” –Jeff Goins

http://www.abm-enterprises.net/artgall2/botticelli_birth_venus_2.jpg

till we have faces

Those two things above (quote and photos) together for me inspired this below…

“Swirling around her as she spun she saw the bits and pieces of her life flying by like sparkles floating in water.

Her mother, her father, brother, sister. Strands of her life.

Her loves, losses, laughter, cries echoing, making a song.

Her decisions to act, the times she didn’t but should have, the times she cared and the times she cared less.

Her failures, her achievements. Her dreams.

It all together swirled up and made this object in the middle.

It made up her.”

photo above by Karen Huber