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“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” Marcus Aurelius

Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… A friendly face at the bakery

Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… Another friendly face at the store…

Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… Driving by Main St School, balloons from Make a Wish and JDRF waved… a nice surprise.

Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… The barber rocked his animal print customer cover today. πŸ˜‰

“Today is life – the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.” Dale Carnegie

Today is like no other day… it is unique, divinely created as the 1st of June… Each day brings opportunities and moments that will never come again. Here today, gone tomorrow. Let’s enjoy it! I love this photo challenge – TODAY –Β  and jumped in feet first…Β  What a delightful task with no limits and full of surprises.

“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.” Gautama Buddha

Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… A friendly face made my day and said yes to my today shot request. TY!

Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… Enjoying the park, they obliged too.

Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… Roses on the Aqueduct in full bloom today, tomorrow will fade away

Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… Folk on line in the store today… Tomorrow; new faces and new experiences.

JUST FOR TODAY, I will live through this day only. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once. I know that I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me if I had to keep it up for a lifetime.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine. Contd below

Armed with my camera, I went out and shot people, places, things, and my cat… It was delightful to ask others to be part of my today experience and, because I paid attention, I found some wonderful things to share… simple and sweet but all related to the moment, to the present, to today. Will add more so do come back shortly.Β  How was your day today? More below. TY!

“Will someone else’s life be brighter tomorrow because of what you have done today?” William Arthur Ward

Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… Ready for his close up…

Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… More of those surprise balloons

Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… Gloves left behind after a clean up… will be gone or tossed tomorrow..

Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… Tangy jumped on this container and posed for the camera

JUST FOR TODAY, I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things I can correct and accept those I cannot.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration. I will not be a mental loafer.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable. I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I’ll not speak ill of others. I will improve my appearance, speak softly, and not interrupt when someone else is talking.Contd below

As I made my way around town to complete tasks and the usual daily chores, I found moments to capture a scene or event that I wanted to share as a memory of today. At home, I pulled out the camera and calling out to our beloved Tangy, asked him nicely to pose. He looked up, made a few funny faces then jumped on top of the container and gave me some poses. “TY!” I muttered, but he was off in search of the next curiosity. The aqueduct always yields new secrets and, depending on the day/time, I see more to share. More below!

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… alone on the Hudson River

Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… A couple enjoying the empty park

Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… Friends enjoying the park today.

Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY… Blooms along the Aqueduct…

JUST FOR TODAY, I will refrain from improving anybody but myself.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will do something positive to improve my health. If I’m a smoker, I’ll quit. If I am overweight, I will eat healthfully – if only just for today. And not only that, I will get off the couch and take a brisk walk, even if it’s only around the block.
JUST FOR TODAY, I will gather the courage to do what is right and take responsibility for my own actions. Adapted from Al-Anon by Dear Abby

Interestingly, the day started nicely with the sun shining brightly; it was out in full tilt. However, as the day progressed, the sun disappeared and the clouds set in. I was concerned the rains would come before I captured enough to share but thankfully, the rains waited… For that and the good that occurred, I am grateful for today. This was a fantastic challenge; it made us all acutely aware of being present and paying attention to those things that draw us in and make us think… Here’s to a brilliant June to all!
Hope you enjoyed this! What are your thoughts? What photos did you take TODAY to fit the task? Was it easy/hard to find photos that made sense of your perspective on the subject? Were you drawn to certain types of photos for the prompt? Do share? Thank you! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

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

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I listed several via Zemanta below. (I will update it and add more). We all appreciate trackbacks/ping-backs and LIKES from fellow bloggers too! Check out how others interpreted the theme – TODAY – below. ***

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: TODAY Today! This week’s theme is a bit different (but you like that, don’t you?) – it’s about TODAY. This day. The day you’re reading and reacting to this post. No rules or guidance on what to post other than the photo must be taken today! Don’t cheat, don’t go into your photo archives on your computer, don’t link to an old post. Get your camera out, right now, and snap a picture to share with everyone! Share a picture from TODAY with everyone!

Positive Motivation Tip: Today is like no other day… it is unique, divinely created and the 1st of June… Each day brings opportunities and moments that will never come again. Here today, gone tomorrow. Enjoy it!

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

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

103 Comments leave one →
  1. 01/06/2012 9:12 pm

    I like your choice of quotations to accompany your series of photos today.

    • 01/06/2012 10:13 pm

      TY Ruth! I wish Zemanta would offer me more blogs on the subject of Today! Oddly, I get a few and usually the same group… Will have to manually add yours and more. πŸ™‚

  2. 01/06/2012 9:16 pm

    Love your shots , Brilliantly taken! =)

    • 01/06/2012 10:14 pm

      TY for your feedback… This one was fun. πŸ™‚

  3. cocomino permalink
    01/06/2012 10:26 pm

    Very nice. All of them show today. πŸ™‚

    • 01/06/2012 11:43 pm

      TY Cocomino! Because we could shoot anything really, I just went with my guts and snapped at what caught my interest… and the kind people who agreed to be photographed. πŸ™‚

  4. 01/06/2012 10:44 pm

    Beautiful images of today! and I love the poem too – inspiring!

    • 01/06/2012 11:44 pm

      TY! I love that poem too. The poem is from Al Anon and many have adapted it over the years… Great wisdom in those words and comforting too. πŸ™‚

  5. 01/06/2012 11:37 pm

    Looks like you had a full day.

    • 01/06/2012 11:42 pm

      Yes, quite, and the weather cooperated even after what looked like clouds in the sky…. Now it’s raining and to bed I must go. TY! πŸ™‚

  6. 01/06/2012 11:54 pm

    thank you, Eliz, for your snapshot series of the friendly people posing for your TODAY photo – in the bakery, the store, the barber (who rocked his animal print customer cover) – could only be highlighted by the friendly smile of your cat Tangy on top of the container…

    • 01/06/2012 11:58 pm

      TY! I was fortunate to find willing participants today… Another day and it might not have happened… So, yes, I am grateful for the day. Our cats are so helpful aren’t they? Yours cooperates all the time too. πŸ™‚

  7. 02/06/2012 12:44 am

    …like yours much better-full of life as opposed to the inanimate in my post πŸ˜€ GREAT SHOTS

    • 02/06/2012 7:28 pm

      TY! I loved your perspective too… That is what makes the photo challenge fun… the variety. πŸ™‚

  8. 02/06/2012 12:45 am

    Isn’t photography amazing? so much to see and share if your eyes are wide open!

    • 02/06/2012 7:29 pm

      It is amazing and it gave me a new appreciation for the advice.- Be Present! TY! πŸ™‚

  9. 02/06/2012 1:55 am

    An ordinary day for you, but fascinating to me, to see a slice of your life. One of my favourite posts yet.

    • 02/06/2012 7:31 pm

      TY Tilly! Some days are busier than others but I find the days are all full… I’m glad you liked this post. πŸ™‚

  10. 02/06/2012 3:54 am

    Very nice and very good advice. Thanks.

    • 02/06/2012 7:32 pm

      TY dear CR! I love that poem and the clear and straightforward wisdom it shares. πŸ™‚

  11. 02/06/2012 3:58 am

    Are you a woman very communicative! These beautiful photographs … and you too. a kiss by the wind

    • 02/06/2012 7:34 pm

      Thank you Vento! So kind of you and a kiss by the wind too! πŸ™‚

  12. 02/06/2012 4:38 am

    Okay, I get the message!
    Am printing your wonderful post as I write this

    • 02/06/2012 7:35 pm

      You are so sweet! TY for sharing your enthusiasm. By the way, I left comments on your blog that seemed to have disappeared. Have you seen any in your spam box or in moderation? πŸ™‚

  13. 02/06/2012 4:39 am

    The stupid printer isn’t working – I’ll fixit tomorrow!
    You are wonderful!

    • 02/06/2012 7:36 pm

      You make me laugh. That is perfect…I’ll fixit tomorrow! πŸ˜†

  14. 02/06/2012 4:49 am

    This is such a great post, Elizabeth – it really illustrates the beauty of fully living for today

    • 02/06/2012 7:37 pm

      TY Bluebee! It was such fun… and has given me some new ideas. πŸ™‚

  15. 02/06/2012 4:54 am

    It’s nice to see you on here…the photo’s are wonderful. I am doing well. I am trying to do paid book reviews online. I am doing security still. Nothing is new other than working. I am not blogging every day as I wanted to. Such is life. I miss you Eliz.

    • 02/06/2012 7:40 pm

      Hang in there Jackie! I admire your get-up-and-go. It has been challenging in many of our lives and we must stay focused on our goal and keep doing the necessary work. Don’t despair. Paid book reviews? What is that about? Miss you too! TY! πŸ™‚

  16. 02/06/2012 5:11 am

    Excellent work for a great day my friend πŸ™‚

    • 02/06/2012 7:41 pm

      TY Jake! Love your feedback always dear one! πŸ™‚

  17. 02/06/2012 5:51 am

    I don’t really know about Zemanta. Thanks for the mention on your blog.

    • 02/06/2012 7:42 pm

      TY Ruth! I will look for the WP link about Zemanta and its functions and add it here. πŸ™‚

  18. 02/06/2012 6:05 am

    Loved running errands with you today. I always enjoy walking with a friend and just witnessing what they see.

    • 02/06/2012 7:44 pm

      TY! I skipped some stops and changed my mind about adding a few others because the photos were not what i expected. Overall, I’m grateful for the positive feedback. πŸ™‚

  19. 02/06/2012 6:19 am

    Fabulous post! It was what I needed this morning as I start my day. Thank you.

    • 02/06/2012 7:45 pm

      TY too! Glad it added a little something to your beautiful day. πŸ™‚

  20. 02/06/2012 6:48 am

    very nice…love the smiling faces…~mkg

  21. 02/06/2012 6:58 am

    Perfect! Thanks…reblogging this one.

    • 02/06/2012 7:47 pm

      WoW! Shelly, it is so good to see you again after so long. Forgive me as I’m almost on the O’s in blogging followups. TY! πŸ™‚

  22. 02/06/2012 6:59 am

    Reblogged this on onbeingmindful and commented:
    Yesterday is gone, Tomorrow hasn’t come…live in the present. All you have is today!

    • 02/06/2012 7:48 pm

      TY for the re-blog! Will stop by your blog to thank you again… Love your quote line too> πŸ˜‰

  23. 02/06/2012 7:15 am

    Thank you for the pingback. Graet set of photographs from your day.

    • 02/06/2012 7:50 pm

      TY Mike! You give us all ping backs with such dedication… So, I’m happy to reciprocate. πŸ˜‰

  24. 02/06/2012 8:46 am

    Love this challenge! and any chance that Tangy makes an appearance on the. Log makes my day!! That kitty is such a little ham! πŸ˜‰

  25. 02/06/2012 8:47 am

    I always love your posts, and these photos fit perfectly.

    • 02/06/2012 8:09 pm

      TY CS! Love your blog posts too. Something about this challenge had me beaming too. πŸ™‚

  26. 02/06/2012 11:19 am

    Wonderful photos! I like your portraits very much, including the orange kitty. πŸ™‚

    • 02/06/2012 8:10 pm

      TY! Tangy, our tabby cat, is a loving cat and I’m happy he makes others smile too. πŸ™‚

  27. 02/06/2012 12:03 pm

    wonderful photos! My fave is the lovely kitteh-cat, what a handsome boy! I read the challenge in bed on Friday night, it was the first chance I got! It also means I have nothing to enter πŸ™ ah well, next week

    • 02/06/2012 8:13 pm

      Not to worry! Which ever day you do it, will be the Today that was requested. πŸ™‚

  28. 02/06/2012 12:31 pm

    What a great way to celebrate a day. Fun, inspiring, even sweet and delicious. This what life should be…hopefully everyday. Have a wonderful weekend.

    • 02/06/2012 8:14 pm

      Have an awesome weekend too! It was fun to do this challenge. TY! πŸ™‚

  29. 02/06/2012 1:35 pm

    Great gallery and post – Love the cat, roses, and quotes!

    • 02/06/2012 8:16 pm

      TY for your feedback! I love the challenge and had some fun with it. πŸ˜‰

  30. 02/06/2012 4:31 pm

    That’s a lot of things in one day. Those roses are beaitiful.

    • 02/06/2012 8:18 pm

      I live in a small village and it was fairly easy to cover a lot of places during the day. This was a fun challenge! πŸ™‚ TY!

  31. 02/06/2012 9:14 pm

    Well, I’m a day late visiting, but that’s actually better than I’m doing on most people’s posts lately. You managed to get some great shots (once again) and of course they fit so well with your words. I am amazed at how much your orange cat looks like my orange cat. πŸ™‚ Wow! Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth. Have a great day, a great week, for that matter. πŸ™‚ Marcy

    • 02/06/2012 9:16 pm

      Marcy, you are the best! Our cats are siblings from another lifetime I bet. Have a blessed week ahead! πŸ™‚

  32. 02/06/2012 10:16 pm

    Great things to remember in the just for today affirmations – for sure!
    Loved your pics of your day, especially your kitty! πŸ™‚

    • 03/06/2012 7:17 pm

      TY Carla and Tangy thanks you too. It was fun! πŸ˜‰

  33. 03/06/2012 3:12 am

    I loved this post it made me happy!! I love your cat!! XXXX

  34. 03/06/2012 5:05 am

    Loved this peek into your life Elizabeth! Super entry!

    • 03/06/2012 7:21 pm

      TY Madhu! Wasn’t this challenge such fun? πŸ™‚

  35. 03/06/2012 6:20 am

    Today . . . while the blossoms still cling to the vine. πŸ˜€

    • 03/06/2012 7:22 pm

      Yep… and it was a lovely day too. TY! πŸ™‚

  36. 03/06/2012 6:47 am


  37. 03/06/2012 7:13 am

    Beautiful dau and words. This challenge is inspiring and I’m up for it on this gorgeous Sunday.

    • 03/06/2012 7:23 pm

      Yes, it was a great choice for us because it is something everyone can achieve… Great theme. TY! πŸ™‚

  38. 03/06/2012 8:53 am

    It IS a precious privilege to be alive. Enjoy today, Eliz.

    • 03/06/2012 7:23 pm

      It sure is… TY dear one and enjoy your week ahead! πŸ˜‰

  39. 03/06/2012 1:20 pm

    Nice compilation of your day.

    • 03/06/2012 6:21 pm

      TY! Pretty typical but with some variation. πŸ™‚

  40. 03/06/2012 2:39 pm

    Tangy is a very obliging kitty – great images for the theme

  41. 03/06/2012 6:29 pm

    I love your Tangy and your ‘today’ shots and words…thanks for bringing my Sunday to a beautiful ending!

    • 03/06/2012 6:48 pm

      TY for always adding sunshine to mine. πŸ™‚

  42. 03/06/2012 8:54 pm

    picture diaries are fun and give you a new perspective.

    • 03/06/2012 9:10 pm

      They sure do… and I really enjoyed this one because there were no restrictions on what to shoot. TY! πŸ˜‰

  43. 06/06/2012 11:50 pm

    Great words as well as photos!

    • 08/06/2012 7:45 pm

      TY Naomi! This was a lot of fun and easy to do.. πŸ™‚

  44. 08/06/2012 9:11 am

    Yay, I knew you’d nail this, Elizabeth!

    • 08/06/2012 7:46 pm

      TY Marcia. It was a joy to do. Will stop by to check yours too. πŸ˜‰


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