Negatives

It took some time, but once it fully developed, beauty was found. Such a prize, to uncover something so profound.

Upon reflection in the shine, it is clear that victory comes from defeat in the battleground. So keep going and you shall find, those negatives have hidden positives in the background.

Life is a Beach

Not many memories stick, and sadly, most of the remembered moments are the ones we don’t miss.

The instant photo gives us a tiny view, just enough to recall how fast time flew.

Thinking of today is a great way to appreciate the journey, but don’t let the troubles of yesterday make everything blurry.

In reality, the stars are within reach, yeah, that’s life is a beach mentality.

The Girl With A Hidden Talent

Clutching her little notebook, she rushes onto the bus and scans her metro card. As she moves passing strangers, she finds an open seat and sits down next to the window. She opens her notebook and quickly scribbles her thoughts in her unique poetic way. Someone sits next to her and looks over to give her a compliment on her beautiful pages. The girl smiles and thanks the stranger.

Her stop approaches, she gets up and walks off. As soon as she got home, she pulls out her notebook and began to review what she wrote. Smiling at her work, she felt even more inspired to continue filling the blank pages with her poetry. The night came over the day and she feel asleep next to her little notebook.

She woke up, except now 10 years older and was living a cycle that had no space for a poetic moment. That little notebook she loved so much, was collecting dust on the bookshelf in her room. One day, her life turned upside down and she began to reflect on her steps to that point. As tears began to rush down her face, she looked up at her shelves showcasing smiling photos and some of her most prized possessions. Her teary eyes gazed throughout the shelves filled with a physical display of her life and there it was, her little notebook.

Pulling her notebook out of the shelf and wiping off the dust, she remembered what the stranger said to her on the bus. Wiping the tears away, she took this as the moment for her recovery to begin. As she looked back and read all the beautiul entries, along with the beauitful sketches and her photos that accompanied her words; she couldn’t help, but notice that she was missing this part of herself these past 10 years. There were many blank pages left, so she began to write and at first, it was challenging to begin. However, with a few entries, she was back to her poetic ways.

One day, she saw an ad online for a creative writer contest, first place was a $5,000 grand prize winner and well, she took a chance on her hidden talent. She felt her entry was honest and real, even inspiring. So, she smiled back at her work and clicked send.

Weeks past and she forgot about the contest, however she received a notice naming her as the winner! She was so excited and felt that this was the sign she needed to invest in her hidden talent. It was also in that moment, she realized losing herself was the only way to really find her purpose and so, she continued to write in her little notebook knowing she was sharing her talent like she was always meant to.

Good Friday

Entering another day with memories of yesterday and a heart full of hope for tomorrow. The present was once an array of ups and downs, but lately it has become repetitive activities leading to sorrows. The more reflections that are experienced, the more upsetting emotions erupt to perspectives that are narrow.

Looking outward, however there aren’t many good things to truly follow. Turning within just to face everything that has allowed so much conflict and knowing it’s time to pay all that was borrowed. Like the sunset, this season goes down and somehow, the rise of the glory flows out living waters now.

Paris: 1956 VS 2018

As an admirer of Paris, I have been fortunate enough to be able to visit and experience all the wonderful things Paris has to offer. From it’s art filled streets to the many flavors of French cuisine available, it truly is a magical place in world. I found a book about a year after one of my most recent visits that was entitled “Paris,” published 1956 that features photographs by Martin Hürlimann. It was so interesting to see how much Paris changes between Martin Hürlimann view of Paris and my very own. Below are some of the side by sides of similar shots taken 62 years apart by two different people, enjoy.

Photograph by Martin Hürlimann, 1956
Photograph by Me, 2018
Photograph by Martin Hürlimann, 1956
Photograph by Me, 2018
Photograph by Martin Hürlimann, 1956
Photograph by Me, 2018
Photograph by Martin Hürlimann, 1956
Photograph by Me, 2018

La Lune

Once a month, the full moon comes out to shine her bright, cold light during the starry night. She is exactly opposite of her counterpart, the sun and so when she is full, she is able to shine her brightest. During her complete phase, she reminds us that like her, we too will reach our fullest potential when the time is right.

Her destiny is to move in phases, as she dances across the sky. Sometimes she is blue, orange, pink, purple, and even red, but mostly she is silver. She is invisible on the most rare occasions and moves constantly to reveal multiple sides of her. The darkest hours are filled with her light, even if it’s just for a short while. She will always show us there is a process to this cosmic dance and light that lives within all of us, is there no matter what phase of life you find yourself.

On Track

Walking, just moving forward, but little was known about the final destination. There was total trust and love that filled internally, which fueled some inspiration.

The track that lead to this point is under review and the reflection causes a connection. Negatives to positives, and reverse, it all holds some satisfaction. This is the outcome of then into the now or at least, the conclusion.

Forest of Unknown

The March forward season once brought an unforgettable adventure with a dear friend. There was laughter, new sights, and a forest of unknown, but sadly it had to end.

As we entered that forest, each step brought an unknown to a known and there was a sense of accomplishment taking over. From walking through all the mud to climbing that hill to see the amazing view, there was so much joy and even some closure.

It seems the best way to find direction is to go somewhere new and follow a different path, one that is unfamiliar and strange. This will be challenging at first, however it will bring so much possibility and more importantly make room for beautiful change.

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This is dedicated to my dear friend Sarah, who is always there for me when I need a new statue adventure.

Winter’s End

The last week of winter is upon us and gives us all a chance to spring forward. A new opportunity to grow in ways that were not possible over the past few seasons. Let’s all be supportive and kind to each other, we all have endured so much. Taking each moment as a chance to be great and making it the best we can. Enjoy this transition into a bloom of beauty and hope we get to see the next winter’s end.