God’s Shingle

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When I was a child, I remember my parents taking me to the White Mountains in New Hampshire.  There was a rock formation that resembled Read More

What Might Lie Beyond the Realm of Human Comprehension

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Someone once said to me something that has stuck with me for many years.  It is one of the most though provoking comments I have ever heard.  I don’t know if it was her thought or if she was quoting someone else.  But I am quoting her though the words may not be exactly right:

Because the ant does not comprehend the plane flying above does not make it not so.”

And so I think of us humans in that way.  Is there some intelligence, being, something much greater than ourselves that our human brains simply can not comprehend?  Do we make it not so because our brains are incapable of envisioning it?  Are we so pompous and arrogant to think that we are the highest form of existence?  I can’t help but wonder.      What do you think?

Discard What You No Longer Need

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And I don’t just mean all the myriad stuff we have collected over the years.  Though there is plenty of that to discard.  We recently built a retirement home and will eventually put our home of 35 years up for sale.  Everybody tells us to start decluttering now because it will be too much to handle if there is a deadline.  We cant’t get started!  Why is it so hard?  We hold on to all sorts of junk because we may need it some time in the future.  Really???  So much stuff here that we don’t use, don’t need, don’t even want.  Why do we keep it?  Fear that someday we will find a use for it and not have it?  Do we feel  poor that we fear not being able to replace something we long ago gave away?

But so too is this true for the emotional and  psychological parts of our selves, the baggage we cary that we can’t let go of.  What is the difficulty in shedding that multitude of emotions, fears, jealousies, attitudes and beliefs that no longer serve us?  Why can’t we let go?
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On Patience

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When I first looked at this photo I was just hit by the thought, “wow, that is patience”. I don’t know if it is a he or she, so I must refer to this beautiful animal as it.  It just rests there so contentedly it seems, so peaceful, not worrying about the future but just enjoying the now.  Patience has never been one of my virtues and I so envy this ability to relish the present moment.  So to me, this photo exemplifies what patience looks like.

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So I tell myself.  How long did it take to carve out this magnificence?  Slowly, bit by bit it takes place and continues on forever.  In the realm of eternity time has no meaning.

And so it is in our lives, but we need that patience to understand that even in the small moments of our lives we are being weathered and carved and changed.  Those changes are usually small and subtle and hard to see.  But when we look back we can see the hand of God gently carving out our lives and experiences.  How many times have I looked back and realized how circumstances and events shaped my present.  And wondered how present circumstances and events are shaping my future.  I do believe what people say about the universe bringing you what you need when you need it.  But I am not a patient person, and I do not have eternity.  So I remind myself, you can’t rush God’s plan.  He has perfect timing.

 

It’s Amazing What You Can Do If You Try

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So I am still at the early stages of this blog.  Still fearful, still reticent, still wondering why I am doing this.  Will anybody find my blog?  Will anybody like my work enough to keep coming back?  But most of my photographs have come into existence because they are advice to myself.  That I then don’t take!  So I am making a concerted effort to take my own advice and see where it takes me.  I am so afraid it won’t take me anywhere.  And that no one will see my work.  And that is the most frustrating thing.  But f I don’t try, I will never know.  And like I said, it is amazing what one can do if we just try!