What I see is my giant shadow engulfing my little niece as she sits in the grass. What I hope is that I have enough goodness in me that my example will cast half as great a shadow on her life as that literal one. What I fear is I’m falling far, far short of even half.
You can preach
a better sermon
with your life
than with your lips.
– Oliver Goldsmith
What I see are a bunch of pretty little flowers. What I know is that entire stalk was as big as my thumb.
If you cannot do great things,
do small things in a great way.
– Napoleon Hill
What I see is a recessed ceiling alcove with little circular windows surrounding a chandelier that hangs at the top of a circular staircase. What I think is this view is disorienting!
presupposes a disorientation.
– Hans Magnus Enzensberg
What I see is my niece heading out with her fishing tackle in tow. What I think is I like catching fish more than I like fishing.
If people concentrated on the
really important things in life,
there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.
– Doug Larson
What I see is a Water Lily bud. What I remember is it was open and huge and lovely when I first saw it, but then it was all sealed up when I went out later. What I think is we all have times when we need to close back in upon ourselves, rest – tap into the light within, so we’ll have strength enough to open back up again.
Deep in their roots,
all flowers keep the light.
– Theodore Roethke
What I see is a couple of Osprey who’ve built their nest on someone’s boat. What I know is I wouldn’t want to be the one who has to evict them.
There is nothing in which the birds
differ more from man
than the way in which they can build
and yet leave a landscape as it was before.
– Robert Wilson Lynd
What I see is a frog hanging out in my parent’s water garden. What I think is I love frogs and toads. And I love to hold them, even though they pee on my hand. A friend of mine is totally creeped out by frogs, but I don’t get it. Because look how cute!!
When green is all there is to be,
it can make you wonder why,
but why wonder.
I’m green and it’ll do fine,
and I think that’s what I want to be.
– Kermit the Frog
What I see is my niece holding on to her cat. What I remember is that cat did not want to be held on to! What I know is I do the same thing all too often – hold on tight to things that want to be let go. And sometimes I don’t hold tight enough to the things I should. But it’s a brand new year, and a good time to evaluate what I hold dear, what I need to put more time and energy into, and what I need to just let go.
Cheers to a new year
and another chance
for us to get it right.
– Oprah Winfrey
If I didn’t know this was the sky, I’d want to eat it. Or roll in it. Or squish it in my fingers.
kiss the sky.
– Jimi Hendrix
What I see is my niece playing tea pots. What I think is, “I used to have hair like that. Golden and shiny and beautiful. (sigh) And now I don’t.” What I feel is old. What I hope is I’m not nearly as old as I’ll get.
The great thing
about getting older
is that you don’t lose all
the other ages you have been.
– Madeleine L’Engle
Here’s one just because I like it! I don’t know what kind of bug that is, but I’ve never seen one with wings like that. It looks like an optical illusion in some pictures, but I can see clearly here that the wings are split or there are four of them or something. Anyway, I like this photo.
No reason is needed
~ Paulo Coelho
What I see is my niece looking at her dad and her sister. What I know is she was perfectly content to keep playing where she was in the shallows. But this picture fills me with a sense of longing, as though she is looking at them and wishing that’s where she was too. What I think is how often I am filled with conflicting desires. I want to live on my own terms and do exactly what makes me happy in the moment. But when I look around and see what other people are doing, I also want to be with them; I don’t want to be left behind.
If neurotic is wanting
two mutually exclusive things
at one and the same time,
then I’m neurotic as hell.
~ Sylvia Plath
What I see is Louis checking out a turtle that’s nearly as big as he is. What I think is some of us are less sociable than others.
Society is no comfort to one not sociable.
– William Shakespeare
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.
If you spend your whole life
waiting for the storm,
you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.
– Morris West
Sometimes I feel like this, like I’m standing in the light.
The windows of my soul I throw
Wide open to the sun.
– John Greenleaf Whittier
What I see is a woman being photographed before her wedding. What I feel is happy and hopeful. What I think is that, for just a moment, I’ve borrowed something from her life.
We keep passing unseen
through little moments
of other people’s lives.
– Robert M. Pirsig
What I see is a fish and its reflection. What I think is if you look below the surface, you will find a treasure.
People say I make strange choices,
but they’re not strange for me.
My sickness is that I’m fascinated by human behavior,
by what’s underneath the surface,
by the worlds inside people.
– Johnny Depp
This picture made me think of my life right now. I’m trying to do all of these things, trying to grow and improve myself. Somehow I convince myself that I can grow in lots of different directions at once, and for a while it seems to work. But then I realize that even though they are growing from the same stem, the fruit is all different. They’re shaped different and colored different. They grow and ripen and shrivel and fall away at different rates. No matter how I try to make them grow together, to nurture them all at the same time, it just doesn’t work that way. I’ve crushed so much fruit beneath my feet on the way to understanding it’s okay to take it in turns. It’s okay to let one shrivel up and fall off because I’ve put my energies somewhere else. I have time to come back to it; another chance will grow in its place.
There’s a certain kind of beauty
in the chaos
of wildly growing fruits.
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.
Beauty is not in the face;
beauty is a light in the heart.
– Kahlil Gibran
What I see is a quaint little restaurant courtyard, cozy and quiet – that I can’t get to. What I think is, were these gates open to me, I probably wouldn’t have as much desire to get in.
There are two tragedies in life.
One is not to get your heart’s desire.
The other is to get it.
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.
Happiness held is the seed;
Happiness shared is the flower.
– John Harrigan