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"A Metaphor for Every Year"

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 1 January 2020 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

"A Metaphor for Every Year" As is my custom, I have spent the last several days reflecting on the past year. As I suspect yours has been, it has been a real mix. Much has been very difficult. To dwell on that would be crushing. The good news is that it has also been a year of incredible blessing. I have experienced in mind blowing ways the extraordinary kindness and generosity and compassion of people. It has come from family and dear friends, but it has equally come from strangers and from people I don't really know at all. I have been very specially blessed by my fabulous spiritual director, Lizzie. She continuously teaches me everything that I need to know; most of all she gives me unconditional love, and she shows me how to love every day. I live surrounded by phenomenal natural beauty that speaks to the deepest dimensions of my soul. I could write volumes about all of the ways in which I have been blessed from every direction this year. So I end up where I always end up, with profound gratitude. And gratitude is transformative.

The reason for today's photo is that it fits the category of wabi sabi. A few years ago, I was introduced to this wonderful Japanese gift to the world. Wabi Sabi finds beauty and abundant blessing not only in what is normally perceived as beautiful but even more in that which is often experienced as ugly and decaying and broken and falling apart, what is gnarly and twisted and expressing all of the struggle of life. Wabi Sabi has redefined me. It has been foundational and truly life giving.

May you all have a terrific and creative 2020!!

NIKON D850 1/160 second F/8.0 ISO 1600 44 mm (35mm equiv.)

omid from mashhad, Iran

L O V E L Y !
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& my best wishes for you and yours.

1 Jan 2020 9:29am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

à vous aussi

1 Jan 2020 10:04am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

love it, happy NY

1 Jan 2020 10:23am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Happy New year! Wishing you health, happiness and prosperity for the year.

1 Jan 2020 11:04am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Beautiful! Happy New Year, Jack!

1 Jan 2020 9:58pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Happy New Year!
May 2020 bring peace and happiness.

1 Jan 2020 10:56pm