“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” Frank Lloyd Wright
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit. Contd Below
This week’s Photo Challenge -CLOSE- is particularly interesting because it focuses on a theme that can be interpreted in several ways. “Close” could be all the things Sara mentioned in the WP post; a feeling, proximity, people, places, and objects. It could also be the ending, unfolding, deciding on a new direction to take, shifting winds, or even the completion or closure of a phase in our lives. When things are up close, we get a chance to observe, examine, and learn from them. However, proximity doesn’t necessarily provide all the answers because, sometimes, when we are in the thick of things, we miss clues and mix up facts. For clarity, we must ask questions… In this week’s challenge, I’ve turned to nature and a few other places for my answers and photos. Stay Inspired: A grazing deer stays close to nature in all weather conditions.
“Many of life’s failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas Edison
Life is odd with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow, Contd Below
A while ago, I photographed the birds at my local Sam’s Club and learned so much from them. We often talk about the birds of the air being completely reliant on grace and on their resilience to shift with the winds of changing weather conditions; this is true as they must compete with other prey for food and survival. My favorites were these shots. The first bird battled to get some of the bread I tossed to her comrades. Then she got bolder and came closer. She soon discovered that while closeness could be dangerous, it could also be hugely rewarding. How? Her determination to be fed and to survive was fired up. Because she dared to come close, her fear diminished. Because she wasn’t discouraged by the other fighting, fickle birds, she got fed. Press on!
“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” Alexander Graham Bell
Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit. – Author Unknown
Our family cat is a study in steadiness. From the first day we picked him up at the animal shelter, Tangy has been a playful, steady and loving companion. He loves to cuddle and sit up close whenever we gather at home. He loves his close ups too and has taken to modeling like a pro. Closed doors are meaningless to him; he goes about accomplishing his goal of pushing things under the door until someone opens it to retrieve them and then he playfully does it again… moving from door to door until he finds one he can open. And he does. Doors open and close on us all the time; that is the nature of life. It would be foolish to linger at a closed door in a vast world with endless opportunities. It would be equally foolish to assume doors close only on other people. They close on us all; sooner or later, somehow, some day. As Donne wrote “Therefore, send not to know for whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee…” Tangy teaches us to play and press forward. More below!
For Whom The Bell Tolls by John Donne
No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.
What the eyes see, the heart considers and then decides how to respond. If each man’s death diminishes us, then we must look up close, meditate on our choices, and examine our own hearts. No man is an island or without fault or sin… the bell tolls for us all, so judging is a slippery slope. As Shakespeare wrote above in Henry VI, “Close up his eyes, and draw the curtain close; And let us all to meditation.” Great idea and I bet Ganesha, the remover of all obstacles and his little aide, the mouse in that close up shot, would agree. Stay close. Have a wonderful and Happy Father’s Day weekend!
Hope you enjoyed this! What are your thoughts? What photos did you share on CLOSE to fit the task? Was it easy/hard to find photos that supported your perspective on the subject? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you!
*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience!
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This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: CLOSE Close. It’s a feeling, it’s a proximity… it’s people, it’s a place, it’s objects. They’re close.
Share a picture that means CLOSE to you!
Positive Motivation Tip: Not matter how perfect our lives and situations seem, eventually all things have closure. In the shifting sands of life, what truly matters is that we remember the why of it all. Keep on truckin.’ Embrace life. Enjoy it!
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.
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