“The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.” George Bernard Shaw
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth; Contd below
Life is full of possibilities and when the urge comes to act, we must seize the moment and act… I was driving upstate a few weeks ago, it was quite early in the morning and there were very few cars on the road. As I passed one beautiful, colorful set of trees after another, something in my spirit said, capture what you see on the road. I did and you can imagine how surprised I was when I received the email for this week’s challenge. Imagine the fortunate stroke of serendipity…
The picture of the road in Seattle was captured from my plane as we approached the airport to land… I looked out my window and what caught my eye, besides the open road, was the single yellow car in a sea of gray and black cars on a snowy winter day… The possibility of that happening was nil.
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
The landscape in Bavaria is breathtaking and this was taken from the top of a castle… I looked out and the scene below was perfect. I imagined that, possibly, the people who inhabited the homes below me in that glorious landscape were perfect too. The weather was terrific, the air fresh and still, and the view before me looked like a brilliant, precise painting.
The treetops were captured on the same day I took the picture of the road… I was on an elevation looking below and what I saw was so beautiful, so stunning, I had to take a shot. The colors were vibrant and the trees looked so proud, as if to say, “Look at us, we are as varied as the earth, and we are proud of our colors.” If I were a bird, that might have been my vantage point; my view of the trees… Perhaps.
“We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.” Thich Nhat Hanh
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
The Pike Market Foundation Piggy Bank, found at the main entrance to the market in Seattle, Washington, makes wishes come true. Money collected is donated to the Pike Market Clinic, Senior Center, Childcare Center and Downtown Food bank… You may rub his belly or back and wish for jewels or endless opportunities for grace and success.
On a business trip to Denver, two years ago or so, I took a walk with a few colleagues and as we turned a corner, the Henry Moore dancers suddenly appeared and took my breath away… They were so huge and their bright white porcelain color was startling, but perfect. I was in downtown Denver and didn’t expect something so magnificent, elegant and gigantic to appear. Possibilities appear when we keep an open mind. They take our breath away and introduce us to the beauty in our surroundings. More below. 😉
“The only thing that makes life possible is a permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.” Ursula K. LeGuin
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference
As we travel the road of life, we come across many roads/paths to take and beautiful things to see and enjoy. We can enjoy the perfection of the landscapes and breathe in the beauty of nature. If we keep an open mind, we might even get to enjoy the endless adventures and opportunities life offers. The possibilities are limitless. At some point, we might become decisive and choose a road of our own. Perhaps, it will be the road less traveled… What are your thoughts? Was it easy/hard to find photographic examples of possibility? Where you drawn to specific examples for the prompt? Was this prompt fun? Do share? Thank you! 🙂
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Possibility
Positive Motivation Tip: Our lives are full of possibilities and we never know where the opportunities will come from. Keep an Open Mind…
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Possibility (klling.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Possibility (dailypost.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Possibility (imperfecthappiness.wordpress.com)
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.