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“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” Greg Anderson

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Journey...

Easter is upon us, and the topic of taking a journey to a planned destination, to the unknown,  or to our heart’s center is apropos. Everything we do in life includes a journey of sorts. Some we take knowingly, others we fall into or find ourselves being led to… The journey of life is part plan and part mystery. All the sages advice us to enjoy the process and for this Photo Challenge, I’ve added photographs I took of planes, trains, automobiles, a couple of boat rides, on foot, and more, on a journey to somewhere…  Above are photos from trips to Portland, Oregon,  Cambridge, England, and  Dusseldorf, Germany. Have a wonderful Easter weekend! More and even much more below! 🙂

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” Don Williams, Jr.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Journey...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Journey...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Journey...

I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could find a wide range of photos that fit the Journey Challenge. Since I like taking random shots of settings and scenery I find interesting, I knew I’d find some appropriate ones that feature the usual suspects; trains, planes and whatnot. I was glad to find the bicycle shot I took a few years ago in Kyoto, Japan. The first photo is of either the Kyoto or Tokyo train station and the second is the famous bullet train; a magnificent and elegant speeding machine.

“Success is not a place at which one arrives but rather the spirit with which one undertakes and continues the journey.” Alex Noble

Weekly Photo Challenge: Journey...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Journey...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Journey...

These are New York shots… The first was taken on a cold snowy day. I didn’t want to stand on the freezing cold platform, so I watched the action from the overpass and then rushed down to catch the train. The skateboarder was on a Manhattan street reading his text messages as he skated by. I love that one as it is a completely different mode of transportation from everything I show here…

“It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end.” Ursula K. LeGuin

Weekly Photo Challenge: Journey...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Journey...

I was walking by that docking area with some friends, in France, and we were marveling at the colorful, narrow boats there. My photo doesn’t quite capture the vibrancy of the colors… they were very attractive. What I like about the second shot is that I took it from inside a plane. We had just landed and I believe that Air Tahiti Nui flight was departing… Isn’t that what the journey of life is all about? Arrivals and Departures.

“Journeys, like artists, are born and not made. A thousand differing circumstances contribute to them, few of them willed or determined by the will-whatever we may think.” Lawrence Durrell

Weekly Photo Challenge: Journey...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Journey...

I love airports and one of my favorite things to do is watch planes land and take off; a precise science that varies from model to model. Every plane lands somewhat differently depending on weather conditions/patterns and pilot skill. However, I’ve observed some common habits that seem connected with their size. The small planes drop down like sprites, the mid range ones sprint/dash forward like an impatient child, and the huge carriers glide in and touch down so elegantly, it can take your breath away. I believe I took these photos at a JFK International departures lounge.

“You are not the child of the people you call mother and father, but their fellow-adventurer on a bright journey to understand the things that are.” Richard Bach

Weekly Photo Challenge: Journey...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Journey...

Naturally, as a New Yorker, we can’t have a photo challenge on Journey that would ignore the NYC Subway system. This is the famous Canal Street station and it can get crowded there during certain times of the day. I took that on a weekend visit to Chinatown. Last but not least is the shot of a tollbooth separating New Jersey from Manhattan. We were returning from an Oprah event and that partial Manhattan skyline welcomed us back… The journey of Life is about arrivals and departures. We win many and we lose some. Have a Blessed Easter Weekend! 🙂

Hope you enjoyed this! What are your thoughts? What photos depicting Journey did you find? Was it easy/hard to find photos that made sense of your views on the subject of Journey? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you! 🙂 😉

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I listed several via Zemanta below. I appreciate TRACKBACKS/PINGBACKS & LIKES from fellow bloggers too! Check out how others interpreted the theme JOURNEY below. ***

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! 🙂

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Journey. This train station means the beginning or the end of a journey for many people; for others it’s a daily stop as they commute or one link in the chain of a series of destinations. Share a picture that means Journey to you!

Positive Motivation Tip: When we start our journey of 1000 miles or more, we never fully know where life would lead us… Enjoy the journey and let the rest unfold. Have a Happy Easter!

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

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

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  1. 07/04/2012 12:48 am

    A great collection Elizabeth, i love the skateboarding one and wish they were around when I was young!

    • 07/04/2012 12:48 am

      Same here… I liked that one too. TY Gilly! Happy Easter! 🙂

  2. 07/04/2012 12:53 am

    Happy Easter to you too Eliz! One just have to love an airline called Virgin America! 🙂

    • 07/04/2012 12:55 am

      😆 Have a wonderful weekend too! You are funny… I should fly Virgin sometime and you too! 😉

      • 07/04/2012 1:02 am

        I mean really, who dreams up these names?? When I first saw your photo and the Virgin name, the movie Moulin Rouge came to mind and the song they sing, “Like a Virgin!” Silly, I know. See ya later! 🙂

      • 07/04/2012 1:13 am

        Who dreams them up? Richard Branson for this one? I hear you… It is an original for sure and a good one at that. 😉 Take care love! I’ll be around to visit your blog shortly… thanks for your patience.

  3. 07/04/2012 1:42 am

    Happy Easter to you too eliz. 🙂

  4. 07/04/2012 2:01 am

    My children like shinkansen very much. Happy Easter. 🙂

    • 07/04/2012 2:04 am

      My kids loved it too! 🙂 TY and have a great weekend! 🙂

  5. 07/04/2012 2:15 am

    some great photos. I couldn’t find many of actual travel amongst my ‘collection’ 🙂

    • 07/04/2012 2:20 am

      I was looking for mode of transportation in my files… than actual travel. I felt it would be closer to what Sara offered us.TY for your kind words. Happy Easter! 😉

  6. 07/04/2012 3:32 am

    Great entry for the challenge

    • 07/04/2012 7:10 pm

      TY Jake! Will stop by tonight to return the blog love. Happy Easter! 🙂

  7. 07/04/2012 4:21 am

    Enjoyed your many journeys. Thanks for the mention, too.
    I meet the nicest bloggers in the WPC.

    • 07/04/2012 7:11 pm

      TY for your feedback and yes, bloggers are a wonderful bunch! I love your choice too. 🙂

  8. 07/04/2012 5:16 am

    Great set of images! I like the first two! Happy Easter to you too!

    • 07/04/2012 7:22 pm

      TY Madhu! This was a fun one open to all sorts of interpretations. 🙂

  9. 07/04/2012 5:37 am

    Another thought provoking, excellent post, my friend!
    Thank you for the pingback too! I’m going to search how to do that, because I have yet to figure it out, but would like to so that I can share yours and others work.

    • 07/04/2012 8:19 pm

      I’ve added a link below to the WP Support page that covers everything on pingbacks and such. Most of mine come from Zemanta which automatically recommends articles once you write your post in visual not html mode. TY for your comment. 🙂

      Happy Easter!

  10. 07/04/2012 5:52 am

    Happy Easter to you as well — wherever your journeys take you…

    “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao-tzu,

    • 07/04/2012 8:34 pm

      TY and same to you! I love that quote even though I didn’t use it. 🙂

  11. 07/04/2012 6:31 am

    Thanks for the inspiring words and the beautiful shots! Often we focus too much on the destination and forget to enjoy the little details on the way.

    • 07/04/2012 9:09 pm

      TY Bindu and well said… God is in the details too and we should enjoy that too. Happy Easter! 🙂

  12. 07/04/2012 8:20 am

    I so agree with this statement “The journey of life is part plan and part mystery.” It may not always make sense but that too is the journey:). Thanks for sharing another great post!

    • 07/04/2012 9:13 pm

      Exactly… Some of it makes no sense until much later in life. 😉

  13. 07/04/2012 9:19 am

    Really wonderful share. Thanks Elizabeth. Happy Easter to you and yours. 🙂

    • 07/04/2012 9:14 pm

      TY Orples and I’ll be by soon. Happy Easter! 🙂

  14. 07/04/2012 11:43 am

    oh, I see Dusseldorf airport, very near to our home!

    • 07/04/2012 9:14 pm

      Yes, I thought of you when I looked at the picture… Ah, it’s near Frizz’s home. Happy Easter! 🙂

  15. 07/04/2012 11:46 am

    The skateboarder on the Manhattan street
    reading his text messages as he skated by:
    such a lightness!

    • 07/04/2012 9:17 pm

      I was impressed by his perfect balance and that he was doing a rather difficult task; texting while skating, and not looking to ensure he doesn’t fall. 🙂

  16. 07/04/2012 2:26 pm

    I can always count on you to have a great challenge collection of photos! Love, love, love the first subway photo and the skateboarder who seems to be slow-cruisin’. Have a great holiday, Eliz.

    • 07/04/2012 9:20 pm

      Thank you Terri! I’m glad you loved them… so do I. With the photo challenge, it’s often hard to figure out which one would resonate… TY! 🙂
      Happy Easter! 🙂

  17. 07/04/2012 2:47 pm

    Happy Easter to you Elizabeth and all best for you and your wonderful journeys!

    • 07/04/2012 9:21 pm

      TY Patti for your feedback and Happy Easter! 🙂

  18. 07/04/2012 8:44 pm

    Yes, I love the skateboarder as well. As a former NYC gal, that photo brings back many memories.

    Great post, Eliz…a very Happy Easter to you and your family!
    I take away with me the quote by Ursula LeGuin…”It is good to have an end to journey towards…but it is the journey that matters in the end!”

    • 07/04/2012 9:27 pm

      Hi Vivian, I figured you’d like the shots of your hometown…the city that never sleeps. 🙂 Happy Easter to you and yours too! 🙂

  19. 07/04/2012 9:46 pm

    Wonderful photos to emphasize the journey of life! I love the reminder that we are on a journey that is indeed a series of arrivals and departures. Your photos capture the joy and adventure of daily life. I don’t like to fly, but for some reason I do like airports! It is the excitement of so many stories all being created in one place, I think! Debra

  20. 07/04/2012 10:28 pm

    I want to go on that train.

  21. 08/04/2012 5:41 am

    A subway journey is one I take every weekday to go to work. Wish the train were as empty as the one in your photograph 🙂

  22. 08/04/2012 8:28 am

    Your words never fail to bring sunshine to my day. This post comes as a sweet inspiration for my Easter Sunday. Thank you. Love these thoughts,“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” Have a blessed weekend.

  23. 08/04/2012 11:55 am

    ‘Journey’ such an exciting word for me, full of travels and adventures… 😀 Great post on this week’s photo challenge!

  24. 08/04/2012 8:22 pm

    What a lovely collection! Looks like you had a lot of fun picking these out, Elizabeth.
    Dealing with a horrible cold and other things, will come back and catch up on the posts I’ve missed.

    • 08/04/2012 10:29 pm

      Get well soon Marcia… spring season colds are debilitating. 🙁

  25. 09/04/2012 12:15 am

    I love the way you’ve described the different sized planes landing 😀
    I could also spend all day watching planes taking off and landing – they are a marvel f engineering

  26. 09/04/2012 7:48 am

    Here’s to the long and winding road . . . 😀

  27. Bree permalink
    09/04/2012 8:23 am

    What a great selection of your journey. Life is about arrivals and departures for sure. I like that visual and all in between. Happy Easter!

  28. 10/04/2012 4:39 pm

    wonderful photo essay Elizabeth. As always, inspiring!

  29. 11/04/2012 3:05 pm

    I love your collection of photos.

  30. 14/04/2012 9:23 am

    The quality of the journey is determined by BOTH the actual act of journeying AND the destination. Ill-chosen destinations affect the spirit of the journey, it seems to me.


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