oh what fleeting moments I should capture, oh what memories I should still possess

Inspiration!

Itty Bitty Teeny Tiny

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What I see are a bunch of pretty little flowers. What I know is that entire stalk was as big as my thumb.

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If you cannot do great things,

do small things in a great way.

– Napoleon Hill 


storms that didn’t come

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What I see is a brilliant sky. What I remember is this is all that became of some ominous looking clouds. What I think is that sometimes we spend so much time preparing for the worst that we don’t take the time to enjoy what is actually in front of us.

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If you spend your whole life

waiting for the storm,

you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.

– Morris West  


beauty is a light in the heart

What I see is a great sky…with a bunch of ugly trailers in front of it. What I thought when I saw this in person was, “What a shame that I can’t get a better shot!” What I think now is those trailers don’t change the fact that the sky above them is lovely.

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Beauty is not in the face;

beauty is a light in the heart.

– Kahlil Gibran


Flowers

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What I see is various pictures of flowers that I have taken this year.
What I think is that I like sharing them with you.

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Happiness held is the seed;

Happiness shared is the flower.

– John Harrigan


Don’t Wait Too Long

This was a window display for a kitchen supply store, back in the dog days of summer when the temperatures made you feel almost as desperate as this guy. What I see is what remains of someone who almost made it. What I think is that you shouldn't wait too long to go after what you need to make life worth while.

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Fortune helps those

who dare.

– Virgil


entrances leading out

I took this picture in downtown Fredericksburg, where there are many of these entrances leading out to little courtyards or small restaurants. What I see is a doorway to a very inviting space. What I think is that doorways were meant to be gone through.

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Look on every exit

as being an entrance somewhere else.

– Tom Stoppard


growth medium

I took this picture in the summer, but it reminded me a little of New Years and resolution making. What I see is a row of hydrangeas, ranging in color from light purple to dark blue. Did you know that the color of the flower depends on the soil they're planted in and how the plant is adjusting? What I think is the success of the resolutions we make rely on much the same thing: the soil we plant them in and the attitude with which we face them.

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Our beliefs about what we are

and what we can be

precisely determine what we will be.

– Anthony Robbins


a bend in the road

This has always struck me as a pretty little spot, no less so with an absence of green and luxuriant foliage to adorn it. What I see is light and shadow dancing at my feet, a community of trees holding hands above my head, and the road before me rising up and disappearing into the woods. What I think is I'm so excited to see what awaits me around the bend.

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There is something to be said

for not having the path laid out straight before you.

I am starting to see the beauty and find the joy

in the winding of the road.


Exploring

Louis and I went out to walk in the leaves this week, and just see what we could see. What I see is a lot: crunchy brown leaves carpet the ground, a fallen branch creates a little arch for Louis to walk under, and the sky...what a beautiful sight to end the day with. What I think is that I should be more like Louis and explore as much of the world around me as I'm able to.

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I used to dream about escaping

my ordinary life,

but my life was never ordinary.

I had simply failed to notice

how extraordinary it was.

– Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Home for
Peculiar Children


wherever imagination takes you

I took this picture while out on a cruise of the yard with my dog, Louis. What I see is the typical detritus of a woody landscape. What I think of is a sturdy shell being carried away on a river of rain, a tiny boat and an insect family, who are scared and thrilled and excited and wet, floating away to parts yet unknown...to wherever my imagination dares to take them.

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The world

is but a canvas

to our imaginations.

– Henry David Thoreau


A Tiny Tree

I like how the color of this little guy shows up against the brown leaves in the background. What I see is a tiny, tiny tree - or the beginnings of a tree - doing what all the big trees are doing this time of year. What I think is that just because you're small or young or inexperienced, doesn't mean you can't achieve greatness.

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I’ve decided

I’m unstoppable!

– Les Brown


Peyton Sings

This is my nephew Peyton, singing with The House of Burgess last summer. What I see is a 13-year-old who is trying something new, even though he was nervous about it. What I think of is determination; of willingly, even purposely, doing things that are daunting, or even scary, or even in front of an audience. What I feel is proud.

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He is strong

who conquers others;

he who conquers himself

is mighty.

– Lao Tsu


Proof

There's nothing special about this picture. But it speaks to me just the same. What I see is a pair of stockings that weren't meant to stay pristine. What I think of is an Easter Sunday filled with laughter and joy, and little girls who were allowed to be little girls.

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We may come home

a little dirty,

but isn’t that proof

we lived the heck

out of our day.


The First Picture

My niece Amanda. I love this picture! What I see is unreserved exuberance, joy, enthusiasm, wonder. What I think of is living a life wide open.

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Children are a blessing,

and the lessons they teach are many.

My aspiration is to pay attention…

and maybe learn a thing or two.