February Awards…

It is nice to see the reward of your work…I have to admit that I was disappointed last month…but it only pushed me to work harder…and listening to the critique was rewarding…it is not always easy to hear what needed to be improved…but one of the best ways to continue to develop your skills…by listening to those better than yourself…

By listening and observing the photos that were well received…the creative juices were stirred to design and grow in my own style…

My advancement from Level 2 to 3 requires 40 Club Points and another Certificate of Merit and Gold Awards10 …receiving 3 points for each entry increased my score to 15 Club Points on this level…Goal to advance to the next level by the end of 2022…

I have a Secret
Elementary My Dear Watson⭐ (This is a Flower Called the Watsonia)

“Reflections of Fall”

For some reason, I cannot find the file on this entry (this is a copy of the thumbnail😢) …it was entered under the theme of the month “Reflections”

This last photograph came out of a broken tree limb that fell in the pool…just an example of making “lemonade out of lemons”🤣

Like life…often how we view the circumstances of our lives depends on the filters that we use…when life appears all grey and dark…put on your rosy spectacles👓.. difficulties are often about perspective…gratitude being a great tool for making that change …

When my back gets cranky, and I am feeling sorry for myself…often just reminding myself that I am blessed to be able to feel the pain …how many quadriplegics would give everything to feel that discomfort…I know that doesn’t change the current situation…but just a minuet change in how you see the current situation…often is enough to give you a renewed hope and a small spurt of strength to take another step in the journey…and that’s all it is…one step at a time…in the moment…taking one new blessed breath at a time…

If you’re wondering what I mean by “miracle”, it’s simple: a miracle is a shift in perspective from fear to love.

– Gabrielle Bernstein

Love and magic for your day❣ and laughter…laugh today…dance in your underwear…just a moment of spontaneous joy for being alive

Day 125…Rather the Night

“The pale stars were sliding into their places. The whispering of the leaves was almost hushed. All about them it was still and shadowy and sweet. It was that wonderful moment when, for lack of a visible horizon, the not yet darkened world seems infinitely greater—a moment when anything can happen, anything be believed in.” ― Olivia Howard Dunbar, The Shell of Sense

…sometimes the only thing that we need to change is our perspective…our focus…it will change our whole world…and more importantly…it will change our experience of that world…reality may stay the same…but the experience will be totally different…

The time difference between the two photographs was only a short span of time…and a slight turn to the left…from exactly the same point…

Yet…in those few minutes…the lit house directly in my line of sight…seemingly impeding our view…was “poof”…gone…and the evening seemed to be strewn with diamonds and shiny pieces of glass…shrouded in elegant black velvet filigree…

That is what gratitude does for me…it changes my perspective…what I focus on…reality doesn’t change…but my experience of the moment does…

There were days at the office when the girls and I were ready to scream…the boss was unhappy…customers were screaming and needing everything right now…at this particular moment…and all at the same time…our teammates were not being cooperative in helping to find solutions…in a nutshell…swirling dust devils of anger and frustration…

The only thing that gave us perspective was…to take a gratitude break…I would stop and ask, “OK, what are we grateful for?”…it would help to break the negative emotional downward spiral that we were on…the irritation..the exasperation that we felt building…

…working close to work…having a job…flexibility in leaving if we had an emergency…not grandiose ideas…but enough to change the momentum in a breathe or two…

It is the same here…living in this new environment…when the loneliness and frustrations arise…I soften up and breathe…sit in the moment and count my blessings…Mr. P first and foremost…my not dealing with the incredible stress and frustration of my old life…the beauty that I am surrounded with..all of the new experiences that I have the chance to encounter…the dreams and creative and artistic endeavors that I now have the opportunity to explore…

“There is a magnificent, beautiful, wonderful painting in front of you! It is intricate, detailed, a painstaking labor of devotion and love! The colors are like no other, they swim and leap, they trickle and embellish! And yet you choose to fixate your eyes on the small fly which has landed on it! Why do you do such a thing?”
― C. JoyBell C.

people walking near steel rack
…awww yes…perspective really is everything
Photo by Drew Patrick Miller on Unsplash