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 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.
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!)
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