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“Every mind must make its choice between truth and repose. It cannot have both.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between Life And Death Is… Movement by land and sea...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between Life And Death Is… more cars lined up on a narrow street?

What Lens Are You Looking at Life Through? We see the world through different lenses, and even when we look at the same scene, we see different things. Some will say that is the difference between those who see with their eyes and those who see with their entire being. I enjoyed this particular Weekly Photo Challenge: Between so much that I’m taking another look at it… above is a view of the East River; taken from Highline Park. The second is of a narrow street somewhere in France. What do you really see?  Cars between cars? boats between boats? cars lined up on a narrow street somewhere in France?

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Viktor E. Frankl

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between Life And Death Is… the space where the sky meets the sea

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between Life And Death Is… the choice to cross one of two bridges...

We make choices all the time; some mundane, some mind/shape shifting.  Do we cross the water by foot, by bus, by boat or by swimming across? How we choose to cross will depend on our desires and our level of determination. The river, the body of water in the town in France above, reflects the mood of the sky. Gray, cloudy and still. It is free to move, to create strong currents or waves but it can’t. It is contained by its manmade walls and has been tamed to not act as freely. But we have choices to be whomever we wish to be… unless we too are contained by walls we built in our imagination or walls we allowed others to build around us… We are free. Or if all else fails, there is always the downtown NYC skyline with a choice of bridges between buildings to cross; in the background we see the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge. We choose. What do you see?

“More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginning of all wars – yes, an end to this brutal, inhuman and thoroughly impractical method of settling the differences between governments. “ Franklin D. Roosevelt

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between Life And Death Is… memory and devotion...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between Life And Death Is… memorial markers in Normandy...

When we take time to look around us and take in our surroundings, it can surprise us. We discover colors, shapes, sights and sounds that were obscured by our mental chatter. Our lens on the world shifts from moment to moment and it can be colored by what we see and where we are and, above all, by our mood.  My visit to the American Memorial Burial Cemetery in Normandy was a highly emotional one. We walked through this beautifully manicured entryway, calm and serene, quite the opposite of what lay ahead; stark white markers, crosses identifying the fallen from the World War… memories of the carnage left behind by war and the devotion of those left behind to honor the dead. More below. 😉

“We must distinguish between speaking to deceive and being silent to be reserved.” Voltaire

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between Life And Death Is… a bridge to the other side...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between Life And Death Is… the pharmacy to help us through the quagmire...

Bridges are important symbols in all religions because they represent the connection between us and the spirit world. Bridges are the gateway to the other side; the balance that separates the living from the dead, the connection between two souls, and even the pathway to repairing or destroying a fractured relationship. We cross personal bridges in our lives every day, and some of us cross physical bridges too. What I like about the photo above is that the bridge connected workers in one building to workers in another. To cross the bridge is to maintain harmony in all things… That is the lens I choose to view this from… Or if all else fails, there is always the pharmacy to help find cures for our fears or our fantasies. What do you see through your lens?   What about you? What did your Between photo(s)look like to you? Was it easy/hard to find the right photos for your examples of Between? Were you drawn to specific examples for the prompt? Do share? Thank you! Happy New Year! 🙂

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Between… Between. This time of year, we find ourselves in an interesting position of reflecting on the year gone by, as well as anticipating the upcoming year. Share a picture that means between to you And SoulPancake: What Lens Are You Looking at Life Through?

Positive Motivation Tip: Between life and death is everything else, but we get to choose the life we want to live and the lens we will view it through… choose your life carefully and add some rose colored tint to your lens!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

37 Comments leave one →
  1. 28/12/2011 9:09 pm

    Wow beautiful interpretation of between. Indeed this week’s photo challenge has been very inspiring for me too. You can check out mine. Happy holidays to you too 🙂

    • 28/12/2011 10:02 pm

      TY for stopping by. I loved this challenge too and that is why I took another stab at it… Lots of food for thought. I enjoyed visiting your blog too. 🙂

  2. 28/12/2011 9:55 pm

    I put you in my top 3! Love you Eliz…waiting for your post:

    • 28/12/2011 10:05 pm

      TY Jackie for thinking of me! I’m going to work on a post for that prompt. TY for adding my blog to your list of favorites. I’m always concerned about who to include/leave out; it is such a difficult task… 🙂

  3. 28/12/2011 11:10 pm

    I see we have some synchronicity in our takes on this week’s theme 😀

    What you say here about choices is really thought-provoking – so often we make them without thinking

    • 28/12/2011 11:13 pm

      Yes, I noticed that synchronicity when I visited your post… remarkable isn’t it? TY for stopping by! 🙂

  4. 29/12/2011 2:48 am

    All lovely photos that truly capture the theme.

    • 31/12/2011 3:25 pm

      TY! I loved your selection too!♥HAPPY NEW YEAR :-)!

  5. 29/12/2011 3:06 am

    Lovely thoughts with photos to match! I particularly like the Viktor Frankl quote. His book, “Man’s Search for Meaning” was life-shifting for me.

    • 31/12/2011 3:29 pm

      TY I love his writings too! 🙂 ♥HAPPY NEW YEAR :-)!

  6. Savy permalink
    29/12/2011 3:27 am

    Brilliantly said… the choices of the in… between

  7. 29/12/2011 5:31 am

    Loved your post today! The references of “between” were very thought provoking.

    • 31/12/2011 5:43 pm

      TY Leanne. It was one of my favorite challenges!♥HAPPY NEW YEAR 🙂 !

  8. 29/12/2011 5:32 am

    Great interpretation. Love all these pics!

    • 31/12/2011 5:45 pm

      TY and I enjoyed visiting your blog too…♥HAPPY NEW YEAR 🙂 !

  9. 29/12/2011 6:05 am

    your post reminds me of my favorite poem:

    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.
    -from The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

    • 31/12/2011 5:48 pm

      Frost is one of my favorite poets and I even wrote a post with only his work in it… This is tops for me on his list. TY! 🙂 ♥HAPPY NEW YEAR 🙂 !

  10. 29/12/2011 8:43 am

    My post dealt with choices for my interpretation of “between”. The Robert Frost poem above by rumpydog is one that enters my mind almost daily – the road less traveled has made the difference with some of my recent challenges.

    • 31/12/2011 5:50 pm

      Excellent and I enjoyed your post too! 🙂 Love the poem too. TY! ♥HAPPY NEW YEAR 🙂 !

  11. 29/12/2011 8:50 am

    “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Viktor E. Frankl

    It is in that space that we live our lives.

    • 31/12/2011 5:51 pm

      Excellent and I concur… it is from where everything flows… TY! ♥HAPPY NEW YEAR 🙂 !

  12. Bree permalink
    29/12/2011 9:50 am

    This is thought-provoking and has a hypnotic quality to it. I enjoyed these pictures very much. You’ve given me a lot to think about as the year ends.
    Happy New Year to you too! 🙂

    • 31/12/2011 5:52 pm

      TY dear one and I appreciate your support all year… I loved this one too. ♥HAPPY NEW YEAR 🙂 !

  13. 29/12/2011 2:09 pm

    Happy New Year to you as we enjoy the last of the days between this year and the next. Love the view through your lens!

    • 31/12/2011 5:54 pm

      TY for your kind words and I believe I stopped by to say hello. 🙂 ♥HAPPY NEW YEAR 🙂 !

  14. 29/12/2011 3:01 pm

    Great Entry for the photo challenge 🙂

  15. 29/12/2011 4:59 pm

    This was a very thought provoking the New Year is approaching really soon..its time to think about making a few changes in our life..for reflecting on the good thoughts in our life…and making helathier choices…. This has helped me to see a few things in a clearer light…..HAPPY NEW YEAR… Hugs !! 🙂

    • 31/12/2011 5:57 pm

      It is time to think about how we use our time… TY! ♥HAPPY NEW YEAR 🙂 !

  16. 29/12/2011 5:40 pm

    Lovely interpretation and also very thought provoking, Elizabeth. Very appropriate for this time of the year — I’m assessing and wrapping up the old year and planning for the new one. Betwixt and between. Thank you, Elizabeth. Lots to ponder.

    • 31/12/2011 5:58 pm

      Same here… Time to move forward with grace and abundance… TY! ♥HAPPY NEW YEAR 🙂 !

  17. 30/12/2011 9:02 am

    Greetings by flickrcomments! Winter; the next challenge is out 🙂

    • 31/12/2011 5:59 pm

      I hear you and will have to work on it pronto! TY! ;-)♥HAPPY NEW YEAR 🙂 !

  18. 30/12/2011 9:37 am

    Beautiful photos Elizabeth! Your posts always make me think, and I love that.
    Your caption, “Weekly Photo Challenge: Between Life And Death Is… the space where the sky meets the sea,” really got me thinking. If you’re sailing around the world on a boat, the faraway space where the sky meets the sea is hazy. You pretty much have to live in the moment where things are clear and definite.
    I’m still thinking about the caption… as the parallels to life are many. Thank you for the excellent brain workout this morning. 🙂

    • 31/12/2011 6:00 pm

      That one got me thinking too as it flew into my head and has stayed with me… something to mull over for 2012. TY! ♥HAPPY NEW YEAR 🙂 !

  19. 31/12/2011 11:21 pm

    Great photos and thoughts for the new year !

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