April 28, 2010
Volume 6 - issue 17

Today's Photos -

Purple Tulip #1

With tilted head, querying "What do you see?
Where will you be taking me?
"

purple tulip 2

"Nestled in; comfy and cozy, safe
and protected before I emerge."

 

wild iris in Wakodahatchee wetlands

"Bright light; rhythmic petals, curve and dance,
reflecting many aspects of life."

Today's Photos' Stories -
I purchased the above tulips for my annual tulip photographing, acknowledging the APDA annual fundraiser walk for Parkinson's Research (see Vol 6 - Issue 13). I was really excited with both the richness of color of the tulips and the variety of stages they were in... the potential for so many great photos. I did one photos "session" and then, although they were on a table in my living room for my enjoyment, I TOTALLY forgot about watering them! A week after I purchased them they had wilted and were beyond resurrection.

Evidently I hadn't been paying much attention to them. On my living room table, they had even been in visible range any time I walked through that central location and were there for sidewise glances whenever I watched TV.

Then, last week, when I was organizing photos to share after the Events and Adventures Saturday photo walk I led, I came across the wild iris photographs I had taken at Wakodahatchee Wetlands last year. I glanced at the dates - February and March 2009 - and was aghast. I had TOTALLY missed them this year! Though I have not been walking at Wakodahatchee as much this year as in the past, I certainly had to have passed the Iris location there at least two or three times, and probably more, during this 2010 bloom period.

Granted there may have been fewer this year as a result of the unusual cold spell we had here in Florida, they were still there. This was confirmed by one of the participants in Saturday's workshop who lives near me and had seen them.

In both cases it will be a full year before I can resurrect the experiences, AND they will never be the same.

As an aside, for those who live in the tri-state, NJ/NY/PA, area and love irises, Presby Memorial Gardens in Montclair, NJ has a WONDERFUL collection. According to their website their irises will be in full bloom from May 15th to June 6th. It's a not-to-be-missed "show" for Iris lovers. Several years ago I did my photo/drawing process on several of the photos I took. See Iris Photo/Drawings.


Self-Reflecting Queries -
Given my "stories" above, the obvious queries for today include my invitation to look in to your life and see:

Are there places where you "know" you are not paying attention? - Listening to your children, spouse, friends, strangers? Being human qualifies you for a "yes" answer here!

Now looking at one or more of those situations, can you identify a pattern of when those inattentive times might occur? You may make a request, assuming an answer; ask for a name and already be posing the next question, without fully paying attention to an answer.

How many times have you been driving someplace and suddenly look out and noticed you've "suddenly" gotten to your destination, or not? Placed your keys, mail, or important papers down someplace and then can't find them. There are a myriad of other situations, I'm sure, that you can uncover.

For me, I am setting a goal to be more cognizant of some of the patterns I might pick up on for myself, set the intention to be more mindful and assume that the "training" will put be in a future place where I won't miss the seeing the irises and watering the plants. Perhaps, I'll end up putting some easy and fun, new structures in place.

I invite you to also start paying more attention, at least for the next few days, to your own inattentions.

As always, have fun with this and please post your comments on the blog.


REMINDERS -

pink tulip magnet
April is Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month. In acknowledgment, this month I am donating all profits from my Tulip enhanced products (clocks, tiles, boxes, calendars, note cards and more) to the Walk-A-Thon fund - 100% of which goes to Research.

See TULIPS.

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES -

Conscious Business Marketing Panel - Between May 3rd and June 9th, 30 experts share:

• Getting Top Name Sponsorship for Your Online and Offline Events
• Stop Selling and Start Sharing: How Your Marketing Changes the World
• How to Use a Book as a Business Card
• Attracting and Nurturing Your List with Newsletters and Done for You Products
• and so much more . . .

on a telephone conference call bridge line. Replay available for listening to at no charge for 24 hours and full packet of MP3 recordings can be purchased, at a low investment, to have for your listening and reference anytime in the future. Click on Marketing Summit for more information and to register for call details.



OCD Book - Might you have OCD or do you know anyone who does? On May 11th the book Check Mates is being launched. See OCD Launch to register to be reminded of the day and the bonuses.

The book is a collection of fiction, poetry and artwork about obessive compulsive disorder by people with OCD. To learn more about OCD and the book, go to Check Mates. Even if you don't think you know anyone for whom this fits, Vrinda's (the author) story, and those of many others, is interesting to read about. And there is a 44-page preview of the book on Preview.

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