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Happening NOW

“Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy.”

—Eckhart Tolle

THINGS ARE HAPPENING NOW!

I’m really excited about the letter “H,” because things lit up when I thought of the word happening. After re-reading my last post, Grounded, I noticed some negativity and a little self-criticism in my words. That got me to thinking.

I criticize myself a LOT. My images, my words, my thoughts, my actions… it’s like they’re always on the seat of judgement, and I am the head juror—the accuser—ready to convict and condemn. Well… I am done with that!

I love the fact that I’m back in school and pursuing my goals and dreams. One way that I’ve looked at it is that I’m finally learning the art of “delayed gratification.” I spent my earlier years (like the first 50) jumping into action because of what those actions had to offer me immediately, so taking time out to focus on something that will shape my future is ideal.

But then I looked at it from another perspective, thinking that doing something for the benefit of my future was preventing me from living in the NOW. So, there I was… ready to criticize myself again. How apropos!

What I realized, when thinking of the word happening, is that whatever it is I am doing in the present moment—no matter WHAT that is—is what is happening. It doesn’t matter what it is, where I’m doing it, how, or even WHY. It just IS, because it is happening.

So I will embrace whatever is happening, just as I am embracing what is happening right now… as I write this post. Because that is what is happening at the moment, and in the moment is a beautiful place to be.

—Janet


ABOUT THE iPHONE IMAGE

I finally broke out of my comfort zone (which is my comfy couch) and took a walk on a brand new bike path in my neighborhood (like right next door). The featured image is what I saw when I reached the end of the trail, so I took a shot with my iPhone. The effect is appropriate to me because it’s like an urban sketch, showing off the lines in an interesting mix of concrete and nature.

I’m adding a new category to my site for these iPhone images because, although the composition is all me, I can’t take credit for the effects. They can be done in 15-30 seconds with the right app, and this one was done in Graphite, by BeCass‪o. I’ve been checking out quite a few and I really enjoy the effects that are available on this particular app… for $14 a year. Just sayin’.

That’s about all for now. Thank you for stopping by and I’ll see you again soon!

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Life from A to Z

Grounded

Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.

Thich Nhat Hanh

I’m back with my series Life: From A to Z, and I’m on the letter “G” today. I’ve decided that I don’t want to make a habit of being too wordy on these posts—not unless I have something riveting or profound to say, that is.

I thought of the word grounded because I find myself blogging “hastily” at times—rushing to get something finished and published, even if I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about my thoughts and what I want to say.

I think of grounded as being the opposite of that—taking your time and really contemplating something before you jump in. Being present, and making sure that you know what you want to do, and how to do it. I think it’s kind of like balance, in a sense.

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WE POSSESS THE POWER, BUT HAVE TO LET GO TO FLY.

—janet—

This 11 word challenge was a little complicated, but I like the idea of being limited to just a few words. That being said, I hope my 11 word, self-made “proverb” makes sense.

I could have done better with 3 or 4 more words! I guess you could call this “fortune cookie style.” Anyway, I know that I sometimes boast about my frugality, but I broke down and splurged recently. I bought the new iPhone. I’ve been experimenting and learning for a week or two now and I’m having so much fun!

The featured image is a composite piece consisting of a motion blur background (something else that I’ve been experimenting with), a bird that I photographed ages ago, and a couple of different iPhone app effects. I think it’s safe to say that you can expect a whole new “iPhone image series” in the very near future.

That’s about all for now, so thanks for stopping by!

I’ll be back in a few days to resume my series Life: From A to Z.

Weekend Writing Prompt #196: Write a poem or a piece of prose using the word POSSESS in exactly 11 words.

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Surrender

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Life from A to Z

Faceless

“You have to look beyond the face,

To see the person true,

Deep down within my inner space,

I am the same as you.”

“I’ve seen compassion from the blind,

Who think with open eyes.

It’s those that judge me quick you’ll find,

Are those that are unwise.”

Two excerpts from the poem Faceless, by Benjamin Zephaniah

THOUGHTS ON THE WORD FACELESS

I think we all feel faceless at times. Sometimes it’s a good thing—like when our introversion kicks into overdrive and we want to hide from the world—and we choose to converse behind the anonymity of our computer screen as opposed to getting out for some face to face interactions (GUILTY AS CHARGED!).

Getting out is hard to do right now anyway, thanks to the pandemic, which is another story for another day. But even still, we wear those masks when we leave the house so we’re faceless—to a certain degree—even when we go out!

Which brings me to my next thought on the word faceless. Sometimes feeling faceless is not a good thing, which I tried to portray in my image. It’s like being out in the big city or amongst a crowd, and feeling like you are invisible—or faceless. No one looks at you, or talks to you… nor do they care to. It’s as if they don’t even see you.

My favorite thing to do, as far as socializing, is to sit down and have a one on one conversation with someone. It’s almost impossible to feel faceless when there are only two of you and neither one can ignore the other (except for those annoying cellphones!). Even when I was young I felt like that. If there was a third wheel, or a fourth, or a fifth… it was like I started to fade… and eventually, I was not really there. Even my mind would drift away.

Maybe it’s because people can be loud, fast-talking, and aggressive, and I was never really one to talk loud or interrupt (not while I was sober anyway). So, I’d just start to disappear. I thought there was something wrong with me for years. Then I read about introversion and I was like “OHH… THAT’S WHAT I AM!” So now I know. One on one is good—more than that is exhausting and I’ll just end up fading away and being faceless.

On another note, I don’t think that Zephaniah’s poem has anything to do with either one of the things that I mentioned. His words are more about the inner person vs. the outward appearance, which is extremely important and pertinent these days. It applies to all kinds of things including racism, ageism, and plain old shallowness and ignorance.

Nevertheless, faces are pretty important. We lift our faces to the sky and feel the glorious rays of the sun as they hit our skin, and—best of all—we use our faces to offer smiles to our friends, our family, and to strangers in need.


A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.

William Arthur Wood


I hope you enjoyed the image and my thoughts on the letter “F!” On another note, when I started this series I was going to do alphabet illustrations for every post, like I did for the letter “A,” and I realized last night that I had forgotten all about that. So… we’ll see what happens for the letter G.

Keep smiling!!

Life: From A to Z.

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