Posts Tagged With: inspiration

Misty Threshold of Inspiration

What is a misty threshold of inspiration? For me it is a combination of 3 photo challenges 😉 Ailsa has asked for something MISTY while Word Press asked for a THRESHOLD and Bastet asked for INSPIRATION.

Going through my pics from our recent short trip to Hong Kong I thought this photo fit the bill for all 3. Our short trip was saturated by heavy down pours. Luckily we got in before the storm, so our flight was not diverted, delayed  or cancelled. Each day we would arrive inside JUST before the skies really opened up. Umbrella’s and rain coats were unfashionable, but kept us mostly dry. The day we left heavy rains left everything misty over the hills. As Ailsa says fog and mist are mysterious and I thought this was be good inspiration for someone to write a short story or poem. Bastet wanted a photo to help inspire someone to write and hopefully this will get some creative juices flowing.

Misty Hong Kong

Misty Hong Kong

WP’s theme of threshold was described as something that can show change or a beginning. Travel is just that for me. Stepping away from the comforts of home and going somewhere new is exciting. I love the opportunity that travel provides… allowing you to see and do new things, meet new people, experience new foods, sites, smells and learn about different ways of life. My first solo trip opened so many doors for me and without that opportunity I may not have ever taken the chance to move half way around the world. It was a big step… challenging, exciting and scary. Crossing over that threshold has been many fantastic adventures.

The Ultimate threshold -flight

The Ultimate threshold – flight

What big step have you taken in life?

Stay tuned…

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Eerie Hallowe’en Like: Weekly Photo Challenges

I have posted this photo before, but it was the first idea that popped into my head when I saw the photo themes this week.

The Peace Tower at Night

The Peace Tower at Night

This photo was taken in Ottawa, Ontario of our nation’s Parliament Buildings. I find it eerie in sepia and due to the angle. Normally the building is shot with blue skies and as a wide shoot taking it all in.

Parliment Buildings

Parliament Buildings

Although come to think of it this sky looks a little eerie. Shortly after this was taken a heavy rain and thunderstorm passed through.

This is my response to 2 different photo challenges this week. WDBP wanted something Hallowe’en inspired; something that gave you the chills and looked a little spooky. Maybe this would remind you of Hallowe’en? The other is WordPress and the theme was eerie. Be sure to check them out to get all the detail and learn more about what they are looking for.

Stay Tuned…

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Nothing is Impossible

This week a friend of mine sent me an email that I thought was a forward from the title. As I read it I realised it was her thoughts and words from the heart. With life so busy, depressing and messages of despair we sometimes forget how to be happy and celebrate the little things that bring us joy. For me personally, lately there have been a lot of things going on with family, work and the world that have brought me to tears on more than one occasion. How do we rise above it? How can we be happy when surrounded by negative energies? It is not easy and each day I find it a struggle at times to not let the little things get me down… be happy, find joy and laugh.

For this week’s post I am hosting a guest. You will know her from comments on my posts, but I have known her since college. We always ‘wax the poetic’ when together. Soon as I read this, I emailed her said “you need to post this, or be my guest blogger!” Without hesitation she sent me her approval and here it is from Lavender Lady… enjoy!

With all the sad and scary news in the world it could be easy to see life’s cup as half empty. I choose to see it as half full. There are a few people who have made headlines that inspire me to reach farther …to see how life’s cup can be filled to the brim. These are people who live the quote from Audrey Hepburn “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”

Mike Strange, a former Olympic boxer from Niagara Falls, Canada. He was deeply touched by friend’s battles with cancer so he decided to pick up the fight from where Terry Fox (another inspiration) was forced to stop. Mike is almost finished that run across Canada. He started April 12 2012 from Thunder Bay Ontario and will finish in Victoria British Columbia… 82 days of running …40 km per day..approx 3000km in total distance.

Wes Prankard, a 13 yrs old boy from Niagara Falls who said “I CAN”. He has seen the great need that our northern communities have …needs that include children’s right to play. Among other things that Wes is doing to make their life better, he’s raising money for these children to have playgrounds. To do this he formed an organization called “The Northern Starfish” (inspired from a story called “The Star Thrower” by Loren Eiseley) This 13 year old boy has travelled to many places to speak, to raise awareness, to raise money and to raise hope.

Nik Wallenda, a man who just made history by walking on a tightrope across Niagara Falls. It was daring and exciting. He saw what he wanted to do and said “I can.”

Spencer West, a man who reached the peak of Kilimanjaro with his team. His legs were amputated when he was 5. Later in life when he joined with “Me to We” to build a school in Kenya he had a realization. “Suddenly, I understood that I was different for a reason. I was different because I needed to show others that it doesn’t matter what your abilities are or where you come from in the world. If you work hard, never give up and laugh a lot, you can achieve anything. I’m living proof, this year, I’ll return to Kenya to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money to bring sustainable water programming to East Africa.” Spencer recently reached the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. He looked at that mountain and said, “I can.”

And while these last two people on my list have not been recent news, they have inspired me all the same.

J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series. I adore the books and how wonderfully they were written. Those stories took me on an amazing journey. Her ability to write such amazing tales is inspiration enough but her life story is all the more inspirational. She spent many years of her life to make her dream a reality.

Walt Disney, who said, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” He had a vision of providing entertainment for the entire family. Creating a place through movies, t.v. and hard work that a family could come together and enjoy. When they told him he was crazy for building on swamp land. That no one would come. He looked at them and said “I can do this.” “If you can dream it you can make it happen.”

I write this for my children, may they always say, “I can”. I’ll leave you all with these words from another inspirational Canadian, Jack Layton. “My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”

Hats off to you Leslie for sharing these amazing people, thoughts and inspirations with us. May we all continue to hope, dream and make the world a better place. We may not be able to change the world, but we can change our own by trying. 🙂

Stay tuned…

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