Instead, There’s This

Yesterday I read a lot of words all through out the day in reference to the horrible things going on in the world.  Horrible things people do to one another; war, crime, hate.   Intensely sad things happening to us by the very nature of our vulnerability; illness, death, accidents.

I had written a post in response to all I had been reading, about how we should definitely continue to do the random, mundane, normal, routine, ‘have to’ kind of things in life.  And how our vulnerability does not lessen by living less.  I wanted to encourage, embolden and hearten.  Because I believe that if we give in-if we give up-than those horrible things win.

Instead, there’s this.  An unaltered picture I took.  It’s just a flower.  Nothing edited.  I almost deleted it when I looked at it on the camera screen, because it wasn’t what I wanted.  Then when I put it on the computer I kind of liked it.  There’s more beautiful flowers.  There’s more beautiful photographs.  But right there and right now, there is this flower.  And this photograph.  It’s something.  It’s something positive.  For this moment and for this space it is nothing but positive.  This time and this space can never be filled with negative and/or horrible.  But if I had not done that, at that moment, that moment could have been stolen by something all together different.  Instead I continue to do what I can.  When I can.  How I can.  I continue to do my mundane.  My normal.  My creative.  My attempts at life.  My have to’s in life.  My random.  If I don’t continue to do these things….then what would I be doing?

Positive Forever

If there’s this, in the time I have,

then the time I have can’t be filled with something else.

And that’s something.

48 thoughts on “Instead, There’s This

  1. A most beautiful macro, Chatter Master. Very, very nice, down to the crystal clear water droplets. And your message is beautiful, too.

    And what would you be doing? Or is that “should be”…? 🙂


  2. I love it Colleen. So positive in a negative world. don’t ever throw anything positive away, no matter how small. It could be the one thing someone needs to help them turn a corner.

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  3. Lovely photo. Yes I think we can spend time wondering about the negative and evil, but the fabulous, real and good is also all around us, sometimes in the smallest things.
    Great reminder.


    • Thank you Beth. That’s what I thought. The day started off grey yesterday. I read some posts that were sad and heart breaking. And the news of Baltimore. And the day, though happy enough for me…was grey in color. And there in the chill and grey of day was this burst of happy red. How could I ignore it. 🙂

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  4. Indeed, we have to put one foot in front of the other and continue on. Cannot give up because giving up means all hope is gone. Hope is what keeps us going.
    Wonderful photograph, Colleen. The rose (?) is wrapped up tight, shy, afraid, hesitant but it has hope to shine and will petal by petal unfold and give life a try. ❤ ❤


    • Thank you Tess. It is exactly what we need. The rose. Like us ” is wrapped up tight, shy, afraid, hesitant but it has hope to shine and will petal by petal unfold and give life a try. ❤ <3". 🙂


  5. Very pretty flower! Your post said to me, “If there are spaces in your life, fill those spaces with love, joy, peace, and kindness and don’t let those spaces be filled with anything less than that.” Bad things happen to us and in this world when those spaces are neglected. Or.. something like that. 😀


  6. Another excellent post and photo, Colleen. Did you notice the “eye” at the center of the rose bud? As you looked at it, it was looking back. I’ll bet it saw the beauty of your spirit as you admired its own.


  7. It is absolutely beautiful, perfect in stillness and time. It reminds me of bring mindful as well. With all the negativity, thank you for this. 🙂


  8. I know what you’re saying, and I agree, but I would also say, Colleen, that what you do for your family, friends and others is anything but mundane. And that’s what you want to hold onto when life gets chaotic and ugly. You make a difference, my friend.


    • Thank you Debra. That was very kind of you to say. It felt good to read it. And will make me think twice about complaining the next time I am needed to do something. 🙂 Because the things we do for others do matter. 🙂


  9. Yay for mastering more of the guitar. Learning means growth. I loved your post about help not being work. I don’t work in the type of job you do, but it is wonderful to see others reach out to those in need—just because. My deepest condolences to the loss of your Veteran. You, my dear, are far from simple minded and thank you for the spark you give me to think. Also, we all need to accept help from time to time.


    • 🙂 Thank you April. For catching up! 🙂 There was a lot going on here in this comment.

      Thank you mostly for paying attention. For the condolences. His service is today. I fully understand how not having closure can work on people!

      It is a blessing to see others reach out and help. This past week has been a week of needing to see that, and we’ve seen it amidst the chaos and destruction.

      And we all do, indeed, need that help.

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