“Wherever you are, be all there.” ~ Jim Elliot
The Weekly Photo Challenge theme is “Lost in the Details”. And what a challenge it is. Don’t we get utterly lost in the details of life? Opportunities missed, lost windows of time—to show kindness or listen, to be all there. What about those that consume, order, and demand, leaving us so distracted we miss the wonder and joy of other moments?
“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” ~ William Morris
And then there are those moments that shake us … or rather, shape us. We come to full attention. They are usually spun by a variety of events—some good, some not so good. Whatever their source, I find they can be a birthplace of goodness or newness. They are, in essence, whatever I choose them to be.
“After all, it is those who have a deep and real inner life who are best able to deal with the irritating details of outer life.” ~ Evelyn Underhill
These moments serve to keep us in check or bring a new awareness of vulnerability or strength, moments to discover what we are made of. Are we flexible to receive honest criticism and ready to change? Or if we have done right can we have peace within and stand firm, even when we are misunderstood? Either way, are we ready to forgive—to let go—to forget, to move on, knowing we can’t fix everything?
“All the details of life and the quirks and the friendships can be laid out for us, but the mystery of their writing remains.No amount of documentation, however fascinating, can take us there.” ~V.S. Naipaul
Whatever moment you are in today, whether joy or pain—never dismiss that moment, for the only moment that truly exists is the one you are in right now. Some moments are times to embrace and absorb joy. For the difficult moments we need to receive love from sane, safe friends and family. It’s okay to not always be the giver or to have all the answers or to have everything together. Cherish the good moments, learn from the difficult. I found the following drawing and thought it details the true reality of life. May it bring a smile to your face as it did mine. I hope it increases your joy as you trek your own crooked path.
“If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.” ~ Maria Edgeworth
See the Weekly Photo Challenge for other interpretations.
Drawing credit: Unknown
All photography by Alexandria Sage, except the first one, which is by S. Michael
(aka—my dear son)
Posted by SimplySage on March 7, 2013
“Nobody stands taller than those willing to stand corrected.”
~ William Safire
Posted by SimplySage on May 6, 2012
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens.
But often we look so long at the closed door
that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”
~ Helen Keller
This is a contribution to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting. It is a redo of a previous one titled Fleeting Moments. My cats are the hardest creatures to photograph. Just when you think you have the perfect shot they move. So here is an opportunity to showcase this one’s fleeting movements one fleeting moment. :-)
For other contributions to the Challenge, visit the following link:http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/weekly-photo-challenge-fleeting/
Posted by SimplySage on February 5, 2012
“The art of subtraction can frame life into a masterpiece.
Shift to really see.
I shift. Subtract. See.
“Whatever things are lovely… think on these things.”
I shift and subtract, see the things that are good and pure.
Step over wire fences.
The art of subtraction is the art of loving well.”
~ Ann Voskamp
~ Paul, the Apostle
What does this photo have to do with friendship? Please bear with me a bit as nature teaches a perfect lesson.
One of the mystery’s of photography is knowing when less is more. Sometimes you try your best to capture a shot when you realize if you shift, subtract a bit, you have a fresh perspective on the whole.
Isn’t that how friendship is? The give and take, ebb and flow—the forgiveness. Followed by fresh perspective.
The subtraction of the faults lend growth to the whole. This photo in no way captures the whole of the tree nor the sky that day. But shifting to capture less provided a rich perspective on the whole. And it’s kind of funny the way the eye still sees the whole. You see the rest of the tree. And you see the whole of the sky.
And that’s when subtraction becomes more than simple math. It becomes an art—the art of loving well.
“Unless you bear with the faults of a friend, you betray your own.”
~ Publilius Syrus
Another thing—the colors here are blue and orange—complimentary colors on the color wheel. And isn’t that how friendship is? The balance of strength and weakness. The result? The perfect blend of mutual love, laughter, and life—rich enduring friendship.
Posted by SimplySage on November 19, 2011
”Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.”
- Winston Churchill
Posted by SimplySage on August 24, 2011
“During your life you will make mistakes. When you do, take credit for them – don’t blame others. Mistakes confessed have much less impact than mistakes discovered.”
~ Stephen E. Deal
Posted by SimplySage on June 24, 2011
“Always tell the truth. I know this sounds a bit simplistic but I can assure you it is a lifetime pain reducer both for yourself and others around you.”
~ Stephen E. Deal
Posted by SimplySage on June 18, 2011