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Weekly Photo Challenge: What Does Humanity Mean?

“What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each others folly – that is the first law of nature.” Voltaire

Weekly Photo Challenge collage: Humanity In All Shades and Shapes..

Weekly Photo Challenge collage: Humanity In All Shades and Shapes…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity – all life forms

Humanity: (1) the quality or state of being human; (2) the quality or state of being kind to other people or to animals,(3) all people. Merriam Webster Dictionary

Humanity is a shared experience.  It is our ability to extend ourselves to others and to empathize with other life forms. When we see others as less than us, our collective experiences are diminished. When I think of humanity, I think of all life forms. I think of the birds, the animals, our pets, and people from all walks of life. As Voltaire suggests above, a bit of tolerance goes a long way to fostering a sense of community and a recognition of our humanity; flawed or not. How do you view humanity? Stop by later for a few more collages.

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity - great gatherings

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity – great gatherings

When I think of humanity, I think of people gathering for good; a celebration, a rejuvenation, an inclusive event, a cause to uplift ourselves and others.  I think of the fact that today is Positive Thinking Day and we can use this opportunity to reach out and connect with others.  Why are some people reluctant to honor and respect others?  Fear, ancient hatreds  and maybe a lack of understanding. But we can make an incremental effort to change. I believe it is possible.

Whenever I’m around anyone who suggests that there is a special group or exclusive enclave for XYZ types, I wonder about our collective humanity and when we will set aside these divisive ways of separating people. We all breathe and bleed, why don’t we show more compassion to each other? We can keep in mind what MLK Jr says about the impact of labor that uplifts humanity. What does humanity mean to you? Is it inclusive or exclusive? Stop by later for a few more and a story.
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Haiku: In Remembrance…

“The living owe it to those who no longer can speak to tell their story for them.” Czesław Miłosz

Haiku: In Remembrance... World Trade Center Buildings,  NY

Haiku: In Remembrance… World Trade Center Buildings, NY

On a clear fall day
Steel birds falling from our skies
The World Trade Center

Two hijacked planes crashed
A third smashed  The Pentagon
A fourth in a field

As we honor the memory of those who lost  their lives on this day, I can’t help but look to Milosz’s quote above. We remember the events and share the stories so others won’t forget; we speak up so all of us will remember to say a prayer and lift up the spirits of the 2,996 people killed in terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. How did we cope?

As part of the Healing theme for September, BlogHer suggested we read Elizabeth Kübler-Ross’s model of the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Many of us experienced some or all of these stages after 9/11 and, eventually, found a way to make peace with it. Peace = Acceptance. It was, probably, the  hardest stage to embrace. Where were you on that fateful day? What do you remember? How did you cope?

“Of joys departed, not to return, how painful the remembrance.” Robert Blair

Haiku: In Remembrance - Aerial view of The Pentagon

Haiku: In Remembrance – Aerial view of The Pentagon

Buildings left burning
By a series of attacks
Many left bereft

How could this happen?
Surreal. Frozen. Shocking tales
unnerving events

It is still shocking to remember that in a matter of a few hours, we felt under siege, as two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center in Manhattan. As we reeled in horror,  a third plane flew into The Pentagon costing the loss of more lives. Then a fourth plane dove into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, rounding out a day of tremendous pain and suffering for families around the world. The WTC  was a great gathering place for workers and visitors from around the world… The toll was global. What do you remember? How do we prevent this from happening again?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: An Adventure…

“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” William Feather

Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure Abroad

Weekly Photo Challenge: An Adventure Abroad

When was the last time you observed a toddler at play? What did you notice? When they start to crawl, they explore everything in their path. They delight in picking things apart, pulling things down, discovering things in their surroundings and squealing with joy when a toy does something new and different. That joy is what feeds our spirit of adventure. It is what we sometimes call Beginners Mind; our ability to be open to experiences and see things in a new light. Without a bit of curiosity about life, we stagnate. Wake up in the morning, venture outside and explore places you’ve been too busy to visit. Each photo shared here is the result of an adventure; an exciting outing that produced new things to do, see, and enjoy. It doesn’t have to be dangerous or extreme. You choose.

“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.” Andre Gide

Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure In the US  and countryside

Weekly Photo Challenge: An Adventure In the US and global countryside

When was the last time you took a walk or drive to a new place? What stops you from trying? I live in an area that has trails, hiking paths, rivers, lakes, expansive landscapes, and many opportunities to be outside and see art in all sorts of places. By now, if you visit this blog often, you know I’m a fan of art installations. Why? I love the idea of seeing huge, unusual artwork placed in unlikely places. I call them art from the museum of the street. Each time I come across one, it gives my mind a mental boost; I get to think about what’s in front of me and delight in the effort that went into creating it. Pick a path in your city, town, village and explore it to your heart’s content. Don’t judge or create expectations on the path.

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” Oprah Winfrey

Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure In NYC

Weekly Photo Challenge: An Adventure In NYC

Are you living the life of your dreams? What is your excuse? I can’t stress enough how educational and enlightening travel is as a way to expand our life experiences. You don’t have to leave your country, although I would highly recommend it, you can begin with your state and neighboring states. You don’t have to spend a ton of money either. Even a trip to a local museum can take you on a fantastic journey into the past. A painting can transport you to a fascinating landscape that could trigger a desire to visit the place of origin. We don’t have to win the lottery to live our dreams; start where you are and create new experiences that will help sustain your spirit of adventure. Go do it!

This post was inspired by a Daily Post Prompt: Weekly Photo Challenge: An Adventure  This week, share a photo that says “adventure.” It could be an image of someone setting off on an epic journey, a photo you took on an adventure of your own, or something more metaphoric that represents a personal or psychological adventure. We’re excited to see where you’ll take us!

Positive Motivation Tip: Maintain an open, beginners mind and see the world around you in a new, adventurous light. Embrace it with joy!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos: from my Personal Collection.

Until Next Time…
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Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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