Today's Picture to Ponder photos are a little different from our usual flowers, birds and/or reflections and may not be considered by you as "pretty" pictures. They are the result of "ponderings" I've been in for the past week. See "Story" below.
The bottom line is my often times repeated observations, "where there are shadows, there is light" had surfaced. "In order to have shadows we MUST have light." This thus was the underlying observation, as I glanced toward the front door at the end of my foyer yesterday. The pattern below below popped out at me. Sunlight was coming in the sidelight windows casting shadows of the plant in its path. The second, railing and exposed screw photo, suggests, to me, noticing the anchors in our lives.
Also, the shadows and light theme, seems to be fitting to acknowledge the official launch of CHECK MATES, today, with several bonuses for those who purchase it today.
"Despite the growing awareness of such conditions, stereotypes persist…and an inspiring (and inspired) group of writers have boldly decided to do something about that. Together, they have compiled a groundbreaking new book - a collection of Fiction, Poetry and Artwork about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by People with OCD. See Check Mates for Bonuses and Purchasing information."
Today's Photos -
The top photo is of Light and Plant shadows on my foyer floor.
The lower photo is an exposed screw anchoring the top of the boardwalk railing in Green Cay Wetlands. Though there is not much in shadows here, I do love the coloring and the rhythm of the patterns in the wood.
Today's Photos' Story -
At random times the light and shadows observation "hits" me. Last week, on one of the Awakened Wisdom bonus calls, I asked Patrick Ryan a question in relation to the "meaning" of something someone had told me. It related to something Patrick had said. Not knowing me, he said he couldn't answer the question.
What he suggested was that I take a walk in Nature with that question in mind and pay attention to whatever showed up. (Almost sounded like I was speaking.) He said I could find the answers in that.
I don't know that I found the "exact answer" AND the first observation that hit me, before even going out for a walk, were the shadows of outside plants, dancing on my patio in the midst of large blocks of light. The shadows danced; the light stayed bright and stable!
Later on in the day, when I went for a walk on the boardwalk at Green Cay Wetlands, the first thing I saw was a collapsed spider web still holding firmly on to the top and bottom of upper and lower boards. So now a reminder of the "stabililty" in my life came into my consciousness. After that, in addition to my usual noticing of wood knots, screws and nuts and bolts started surfacing into my field of perception.
Self-Reflecting Queries -
Bottom line query today:
In your life do you spend most of your time looking at the shadows, or do you focus on the light, allowing the shadows to simply help define the light that's there?
If you are intrigued with the thought of shadows, my friend Renee Barnow wrote on Groundhog Day, here in the US, "Seeing Your Shadow" on her blog. In it she put forth two queries:
"• Ask what is good about your shadow, for those of us who are uncomfortable seeing our shadow and
• Move into even more sunlight with your shadow, which will be with you anyway as, “You take yourself with you wherever you go,” and see what shows up in the brilliance of the sun" See Right-Line Blog."
Lastly, since I did bring up discovering "screws and bolts" as anchors in life, I invite you to look at those components which lock the components of your life together and support you.
If you find yourself in occasional states of fear, as have a few people I've coached recently, I invite you to pay particular attention to the latter.
I suggest that you also use self-acknowledgment, a daily diary of at least five things for which you can acknowledge yourself. This is one way of setting up, or adding to your "tool box."
As always have fun with this and please post your responses in the COMMENTS section of the blog.
UPCOMING OPPORTUNITY to be COACHED -
A private, 60-minute, no fee, coaching session with me.
Are you looking for CLARITY in your life?
Clarity in finding and taking action on what's next for you?
in self-worth, seeing/owning your unique value?
Are there fears which you wish to release?
Stuckness from which you wish to free yourself?
If "yes" to any of the above,
you can claim a private 45-minute, no fee, coaching session with me.
One spot remains from my original offer. Is it YOURS?
. The session will be by phone and recorded for your listening and mine only, so you may refer to it in the future and I can relisten and learn from it.
To qualify simply, e-mail me, with "Coaching Session Request" in SUBJECT line. In the body of the email, include your geographic/location time zone and the times that work for you and any questions you may have. I will respond to you within 24 hours, acknowledging receipt of your email.
There is still time to take advantage of the
no-cost Conscious Business Marketing Panel where 30 experts are sharing - between May 3rd and June 9th:
• 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.
Reader's Comments are welcome.
To post them on the Photography and Transformation blog click on the small word "Comment" at the end of the post. A window will open, asking for your name, email address that will NOT be published, a URL if you have - Your name will be linked to that - and a box with space for you to "Leave a Reply" will be there to type in your response. Then remember to click on "Submit."
If posting on a blog is not your style, please continue to send your comments directly to me. Learning what you are experiencing means a lot. It is part of the reward, for me, of publishing Picture to Ponder.
|Additional Subscribers Desired
If you are enjoying Picture to Ponder, please forward this issue or another and share
your experiences of it with your friends and colleagues.
Suggest that they, too, SUBSCRIBE.
Special thanks to those of you who have been speaking about the difference Picture to Ponder makes for you.
Guests - If this issue has been passed on to you by a friend, we invite you also to take advantage of a no-cost subscription. Simply click on SUBSCRIBE. You can learn more about Picture to Ponder on our INTRO page.
|IMPORTANT: If today's photos inspire writing or anything else that has you share it and the photos, please be certain to credit the source, including the URL of this issue, http://www.eteletours.com/v6-issue19.html
DISCLOSURE: From time to time, in Picture to Ponder, I include information on products and programs for which I may derive a small commission. This is what helps defray my publishing costs. I will only promote products and services of people with whom I'm familiar and in whose programs I've participated.
© 2005-09 Sheila Finkelstein
http://www.sheilafinkelstein.com - portal to it all
http://www.cafepress.com/natureart - gift shop