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“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” Helen Keller

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved…

Happy New Year! Since the new year started, I’ve felt a steady and persistent urge to seek more quiet time. This is not a bad thing because, when we turn down the incessant noise, our senses are heightened and we become aware of what truly matters; to live purposefully. For each person, the purpose might be different but the essence remains the same… Heed your heart’s dream. Do your work. Bloom where you are planted. Don’t be afraid of failure and success. In the picture above, the mailbox stands out in a sea of snow. It represents the heart and it holds messages and gifts. But we must open our heart’s door to receive them… even the ducks know it as they swim around the boat dock.. time is flying.

β€œWhen words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” Ansel Adams

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved…

Ansel Adams quote is brilliant and needs no further explanation… Both pictures above were taken recently. The bird perched on a skinny branch, and chirped away, as I wondered how it was going to survive the winter. The bird seemed content. The trees on the road just added a dash of color to the season. They too looked content. I shall be content with silence. More below!

“Of all our dreams today there is none more important – or so hard to realize – than that of peace in the world. May we never lose our faith in it or our resolve to do everything that can be done to convert it one day into reality.” Lester B. Pearson

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved…

Each of us has a responsibility to make our world a better place for all…Β  We can start by living peacefully, and by appreciating our surroundings on both clear and foggy days. The bridge of life will carry us safely across to our dream destination; to our goals, our resolutions or simply just to the other side, but we must act while we still have life. Again, Happy New Year and thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚
*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on reading and commenting on your blogs. Thank you all for your patience! πŸ™‚

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: Resolved. Why not share a photo which represents one of your New Year’s resolutions? If you don’t make them, what about sharing a photo which represents something you’d like to get better at in photography this year? Share a picture which means RESOLVED to you!

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. I added some from Zemanta and a few from WP Daily Post below. Check out how others interpreted the theme – RESOLVED – also see below. ***

Positive Motivation Tip: As we resolve to follow our unique paths, may the universe rally to support us. Happy New Year! Share your gifts!

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

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

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  1. 05/01/2013 5:25 am

    Silence. Mmmmm. It’s so rare. ….yeah that’s usually my fault. πŸ™‚

    • 09/01/2013 1:01 pm

      It’s okay… we are all human and open to change in our own way. TY!

  2. 05/01/2013 5:28 am

    A beautiful quote of Ansel Adams, Eliz. A very happy New Year to you too, and I hope we can make the world a better place. I hope. I will. We will!

    • 09/01/2013 1:02 pm

      We will in our own way… Thankfully, there are many ways to do that… If one door closes, another opens. TY!

  3. 05/01/2013 5:33 am

    Starting the new year with more optimism that the bridge of life will take us through the journey without faltering under our feet.

    • 09/01/2013 1:04 pm

      Amen to that and pardon my silence… I’m in the throes of reworking my schedule and contemplating how to make it all churn effectively.

  4. 05/01/2013 5:37 am

    I love the quote by Ansel Adams, thank you for sharing Eliz. And Happy New Year to you, may your 2013 be a year of success and happiness to you. πŸ™‚

    Subhan Zein
    #PS: my subscription has gone messed up, so now I’m resubscribing here, looking forward to your upcoming posts!

    • 09/01/2013 1:07 pm

      TY Subhan and what a joy to see you here! What you describe seems to be happening to a number of my subscribers and I don’t know why. I’ve approached WP about it and will do so again. πŸ™‚

      • 10/01/2013 4:42 pm

        Great, I hope your problem is solved soon. πŸ™‚

  5. 05/01/2013 5:57 am

    Beautiful post, Eliz. I think a lot of people spend the cold, winter months “hibernating”. We all need a season of rest.

    • 16/01/2013 6:30 pm

      Great idea and could be part of what prompts mine. πŸ˜‰ TY!

  6. 05/01/2013 6:05 am

    I’m “resolved” to keep reading your words…always gives
    me something to think about…

    • 17/01/2013 4:27 pm

      TY Marilyn and will catch up on yours as I’ve been away from here a bit.

  7. 05/01/2013 7:04 am

    I loved your post πŸ™‚

  8. 05/01/2013 7:41 am

    I love those photos. They definitely give me the feeling of peace. You are so good at interrupting the challenges. Thumbs up! πŸ™‚

    • 18/01/2013 12:23 pm

      TY Liz! I go with how the prompt makes me feel… Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t… πŸ™‚

  9. 05/01/2013 9:23 am

    Always a moment of reflection to read your posts, Eliz. Thank you. And I love the quote of Ansel Adams!

    • 18/01/2013 12:36 pm

      TY Marion and will be by as I catch up during my week of AWOL. πŸ™‚

  10. 05/01/2013 11:21 am

    I’ve come to enjoy silence as I’ve gotten older. I used to almost be afraid of it, but somewhere along the line I realized it was more important to spend time with my thoughts that to try and drown them out.
    Beautiful post!

    • 18/01/2013 12:41 pm

      I’ve been doing a lot more of that this year… very powerful insights surfacing… lots of changes in the air too. I am grateful for the silence. TY!

  11. 05/01/2013 1:08 pm

    To be content with silence- I really appreciate this. Excellent post and I very much enjoyed the photos.

    • 18/01/2013 11:44 pm

      TY for your feedback… Still catching up too. πŸ™‚

  12. 05/01/2013 1:35 pm

    The photos are beautiful, and especially interesting because they are not obvious ones to pair with the quotes. But you are so good at creating a story with them all…thank you for your writing.

    • 18/01/2013 11:45 pm

      TY for your kind words… I enjoyed this one. Hope to catch up with you soon. πŸ™‚

  13. 05/01/2013 4:12 pm

    I’d like to find a quiet place – in my head. Is there an off button? I think it’s time, beyond time, to get back into meditation. :-). You’re always nudging me along. Thanks, Eliz ;-).

    • 18/01/2013 11:47 pm

      TY Gemma! Meditation is a great way to start… It helps us stay calm under the usual challenges that life sends us. πŸ˜‰

  14. 05/01/2013 4:54 pm

    β€œWhen words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
    This quote by Ansel Adams speaks to me. Thanks for sharing, Eliz.
    Great selection of pictures too. It’s a joy to think about what they represent.

    I find when I read something after a period of silence the text seems to make all of sudden great sense to me whereas before I may have had difficulty understanding it. I tend to be somewhat upset with myself when I can’t make myself read a lot. But it seems there’s a time for everything. To have periods of silence in between reading (or writing!) perhaps isn’t such a bad thing after all?

    “Peace in the World”. I think first of all we have to find peace in ourselves!
    And do whatever needs to be doing with some joy. Even washing dishes can be a joyful task!

    • 18/01/2013 11:51 pm

      True Auntyuta, it must begin with us and then the rest follows… πŸ™‚

  15. 05/01/2013 8:01 pm

    happy new year, elizabeth!
    the bridge of life (i love your words) gets busy at times but as you show us here, we need to seek quiet times…thanks for the reminder. <3

    • 19/01/2013 12:00 am

      TY for the feedback Sunshine… All the best! πŸ™‚

  16. 05/01/2013 10:03 pm

    Silence is inner freedom…I wish you peace as you move forward in your days and months. Have a peaceful week πŸ™‚

    • 19/01/2013 12:02 am

      TY Allyson for your kind support and feedback… It’s all good. Will check in shortly. πŸ™‚

  17. 05/01/2013 10:24 pm

    “Bloom where you are planted” has to be one of the best quotes I’ve heard in a long time. You are a pure gem πŸ˜€

    • 19/01/2013 12:33 am

      You are too Dianne! I will be making my rounds to finally catch up… It as been almost two weeks now. TY! πŸ™‚

  18. 06/01/2013 5:11 am

    Thank you for your wise words, Eliz! The bridge and silence also give us a chance for our inner balance. Reading your thoughts allows me to work on the balance.

    • 19/01/2013 12:35 am

      TY Amy and thanks for the patience… Will be visiting again shortly. πŸ˜‰

  19. 06/01/2013 8:07 am

    Really beautiful, ELizabeth, both the photos and the sentiments.

    • 19/01/2013 1:04 am

      TY Naomi.. This was close to my heart too.;-)

  20. 06/01/2013 10:27 am

    Wonderful post… πŸ™‚

  21. 06/01/2013 11:49 am

    Another excellent thought provoking post, Eliz!
    Happy New Year, again. πŸ™‚

    • 19/01/2013 1:12 am

      Happy New Year to you too! It’s been an interesting start but perfect in many ways… Much can be said for what we learn when we just sit quietly and observe and listen… πŸ˜‰

  22. 06/01/2013 12:22 pm

    A lovely, contemplative post. Your quiet time is obviously fruitful πŸ™‚

  23. 06/01/2013 3:49 pm

    Your post always get me thinking Eliz…as did this one. It is quite a gift you have and luckily choose to share with us.

    • 19/01/2013 1:13 am

      TY Jo! You are equally gifted… I appreciate the feedback! πŸ˜‰

  24. 06/01/2013 5:13 pm

    Peace, silence, joy..these are the ones we constantly work on to resolve within us and around us year after year. 2012 somehow had its share of chaos but we also had our share of goodness, thus it partly resolved thoses wishes we had and hopefully 2013 will complete them. Beautiful post my friend. A perfect start to a brand new year.

    • 19/01/2013 1:39 am

      TY and wishing you and yours all the love and peace you need. πŸ˜‰

  25. 06/01/2013 6:32 pm

    Great photos! I really liked the one of the sky and water with the bridge in the distance. Great post!

    • 19/01/2013 1:41 am

      TY James for your kind words… It was a very foggy day and I couldn’t see the bridge from my side of the water, so I drove to the next town to take some shots… It was very relaxing too. πŸ™‚

  26. 06/01/2013 11:08 pm

    These are some lovely pics Eliz. I especially like the one with the ducks floating in water. It looks very tranquil.

  27. 07/01/2013 3:18 am

    Funny how many of us are starting this year with the need for greater periods of silence – time to contemplate, observe, just be

    • 19/01/2013 2:22 am

      Yes, I thought I was alone and as I started making my visit again after a period of silence, i noticed others had done same… Such a great gift this Silence is… It has opened my eyes in many ways. TY! πŸ™‚

  28. 07/01/2013 3:55 pm

    Such a lovely post, Elizabeth. The photos are very serene and I really resonate with you about the importance of silence in our lives. As the New Year begins, I also feel a need to refocus on my purpose for being here. Thank you. Wishing you a wonderful 2013.

    • 19/01/2013 2:25 am

      TY Eleanor and I find that we are not alone… I have been in a different mental space for some time now and it has been a blessing… and will continue. I will visit to catch up and TY! πŸ™‚

  29. 07/01/2013 8:38 pm

    Such an artist and composer with your photo choices. I kept returning to the photo of the red mailbox. It is fascinating to me – just stunning.

    • 19/01/2013 2:27 am

      TY Karen… This was a joy to do. Hope all is well with you?

  30. 09/01/2013 9:32 am

    you write so beautifully…..thank you for sharing. I love your posts!

    • 21/01/2013 6:52 pm

      TY Shoma and I’ll be catching up with you soon. Took some reorg time. πŸ™‚

  31. 10/01/2013 1:40 pm

    Thank you for this beautiful post, Eliz. The Pearson quotation is one to cherish for as long as it takes. Peace Out.

    • 21/01/2013 6:53 pm

      TY Kozo! I like that quote too… It spoke to me. πŸ™‚

  32. 13/01/2013 4:36 pm

    Beautiful post, Eliz.

    • 21/01/2013 6:53 pm

      Hi Cee! Glad to hear from you… Hope all is well. TY! πŸ™‚


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