May 15

Weekly Photo Challenge: ENVELOPED WITH LOVE

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“Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end.” Virginia Woolf

Weekly Photo Challenge: ENVELOPED WITH LOVE - Cat love
Weekly Photo Challenge: ENVELOPED WITH LOVE – Cat love

I’m lucky to have a great support system in my friends and some of my family. If you have those people that you trust, go ahead and fall back into them and let them be your hammock and cocoon and let them embrace you. JoJo

For this exercise, all I could think of, at least from a feasibility standpoint, was our family cat. Cats are such tactile beings that they love to curl under fluffy, comfy things and fall asleep. Our Tangy derives enormous pleasure from climbing under sheets, blankets, towels and even under the dining table-cloth to curl up and sleep, enveloped by the softness of fabric around him. If we leave piles of freshly laundered clothes near him, he’d jump right on top of them in a minute and roll around looking for a way to cocoon himself in the pile. Sometimes, it’s annoying but, on days when the sun is bright, the birds are chirping, and a gentle breeze lulls me into quiet contemplation, I’m grateful for his antics and smile at the chance to make him feel loved … unconditionally.

“The mind can weave itself warmly in the cocoon of its own thoughts, and dwell a hermit anywhere.” James Russell Lowell

Weekly Photo Challenge: ENVELOPED WITH LOVE - Cat love
Weekly Photo Challenge: ENVELOPED WITH LOVE – Cat love

Skin is not only an envelope protecting the inner body, or a membrane that allows exchange between exterior and interior of the body. It also serves as a mingling point between the outer world and inner self, and between body and soul. Miru Kim

As M. Kim suggests above, our skin connects us to sensations within and without our body. Our human envelope provides a doorway to powerful exchanges on levels far beyond physical contact. By the same token, I believe that safe sense of being cocooned must have a connection to a primal moment in our cat’s life. I suspect it brings back some distant memory of being enveloped by the warm, loving fur coat of his mother as his new-born heart pulsated against hers… I’d like to imagine that this is the original connection that makes him reach for such cuddly comfort.

“The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.” #B.B.King

Weekly Photo Challenge: ENVELOPED WITH LOVE - RIP B.B.King
Weekly Photo Challenge: ENVELOPED WITH LOVE – RIP B.B.King


B. B. King – The Thrill Is Gone (Live at Montreux 1993)

On a sad note, on May 14, 2015, we lost a musical giant whose gift of song always felt very much like a cocoon. B.B. King transitioned to the great music hall above. The angels must be rock and rolling out in heaven. May he rest in peace. My condolences to his loved ones. <3

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“I love that time when all you want to do is cocoon with your baby in your own little world, when you carry them around all the time in a little pouch or sling.” Kelli Williams

Weekly Photo Challenge: ENVELOPED WITH LOVE - Cat love
Weekly Photo Challenge: ENVELOPED WITH LOVE – Cat love

We had idyllic summer holidays, building sand castles with my father on the beach at Bridlington. It might sound strange, but I think that secure cocoon of familial love was so nourishing, it gave me the strength to live life on my own. Kiki Dee

The term envelope represents enclosed, cocooned, protected, and the simple gesture of sending and sharing important details. With the advent of the internet, we now see ourselves in a world of sound bites and text messaging. While all our new technology has benefits, we can’t help but long for the days when we waited, in anticipation, for that snail mail with its special announcement of some formidable win or achievement… Sure, we are enveloped or cocooned differently these days but don’t hesitate to step back and enjoy the simple gift of a cuddle, of being wrapped in a blanket in front of a fireplace, and then, cherish that special feeling of being enveloped or cocooned with/by love.

My fellow bloggers were equally creative with their selections. Check out how others interpreted the theme below.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Photo Challenge: ENVELOPED For This week, what does “enveloped” mean to you? It could be your post-bath toddler wrapped burrito-style in a huge fuzzy towel. How about the ever-present fog that meanders through your city? Is it the well-loved hammock you lie in devouring novels as if they were candy? Maybe it’s your favorite fluffy comforter, edges worn from love and use? So looking forward to seeing your interpretations of “enveloped.” Have fun with the challenge!

 

Positive Motivation Tip: Share your love by enveloping, cocooning and connecting with those near and dear to you!

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: Photo ofB.B.King via Wikipedia. All other Photos from my Personal Collection.

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


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  • I wore my baby granddaughter Layla Nkeiru in a wrap recently, it took me right back to when I used to envelop her mummy and uncle in a sling!

  • Those are adorable photos of Tangy, and I can see how much he is enveloped in your love for him….just beautiful.

  • Huge cat lover here so I am loving these pics! So adorable! I could make a giant list of what enveloped means to me but I Don’t think we have enough time.

  • Loved the quotes and your cat who is obviously enveloped in love.

  • We don’t have any felines around our house any more but we used to. These pictures remind me of my childhood cat, Charlie. Thank you for sharing this great post with us 🙂

  • Love how the cat in the blanket is the perfect metaphor for this topic. Haha! So adorable but meaningful! 😀

  • I can attest that photography is not easy. All we know is to point and shoot but getting the right images, angles are difficult plus the lighting and all.

  • Those pictures of your cat make me want to cuddle up like a burrito in my blanket. <3 Certainly a sad note to publish today… 🙁 I was sad to hear of his passing as well.

  • I was very sad to hear of his passing. I’ve seen him perform and it was magical. What a loss.

  • Such sweet photos of Tangy! Reminds me of my kitty that we lost a while back. He loved to curl up into any kind of cloth laying about. i miss him!

  • My kids would love this – they are all about cats. I’m not too ken on cats – grew up on a fmr. ☺

  • Beautiful cat! I used to take pictures of my cat while she slept. A sleeping cat is pure comfort and joy! Great way to drive home your point.

  • Your fluffy kitty made me so happy. His expression reminds me of our Tigger who passed away a few years ago. I had him for about great 15 years.

  • Your cat is super adorable! And thanks for sharing these videos of BB King. May he rest in peace. He will be missed.

  • That cat sure does look lazy. I don’t think his eyes are open in but a couple of the shots!

  • Enveloped with love makes me think of a mother’s love, It also makes me think of the feeling that I get on days when I don’t have to go to work & I wrap myself in my favorite blanket + movie marathon + some wine & cheese. Point is being enveloped with love is the most comforting thing in the worlds, it’s as if nothing can harm you. It’s your go-to happy place when things get blah. Beautiful post.

  • B.B. King will certainly be missed. He gave us such beautiful music while he was here. P.S. I love the photos of your precious kitty wrapped in the soft, warm comfort!

  • Beautiful post. Condolences to the family and loved ones of the great BB King. Love your take on the theme of this post. I love my kitties, my Vino is my cuddler who never leaves my side. Our Tibet is our sloth kitty who lets us put her anywhere we want, even around our shoulders. We love all our pets. Great photos too!

  • That cat is so adorable! Great photos! I just want to jump in the photo and pet the cat 🙂 So true that nobody can take away what we learn.

  • enveloped with love, wow.. such a gesture would be nice coming from people around you .. but would be much better if there will be someone who will cover you with love from someone that is stranger to you… and there shall be peace …

  • Love this line, “Our skin connects us to sensations within and without our body. It serves as a mingling point between the outer world and inner self, and between body and soul. What a lovely truth! Fernando Lachica

  • Such a darling kitty having her cat-nap. She’s lucky to have a caring family.

  • What a patient subject your kitty is. Mine immediately stop doing whatever cute thing they were into as soon as they see the camera. I think they’re on to me.

  • I love this! I wrap my babies around me all the time (in carries and in blankets with lots of love). It’s the best to be enveloped in their little arms!

  • That cat is so cute and nice tribute to B.B. King. He is such a legend, his music will stay forever

  • You’re exploring the world still
    I’m letting you play
    in this expansive land we call our home
    You’re crying and dying to be held
    in the arms of your first love
    So I swaddle you, that’s what I do
    You’re enveloped with love
    My child
    My love
    My sunshine
    You’re enveloped with love

  • You mentioned how enveloped can mean protected and be in comfort… For me, I thought how it also mean hopes being harvested and planned…. carefully and one day, it will bloom into real dreams!

  • Awww lovely pics of your cat Tangy and perfectly fitting for this post! RIP B.B.King!!

  • I do love cats. Tangy looks so cute and the photos are really great expressing your love towards pets. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful post with us.

  • I’m still awww-ing about the cat. enveloped to me is being sucked into a city and just exploring and getting lost in its beauty

  • I finally checked out dailypost and I may just participate in one of the posts. I would always relate ‘enveloped’ to a mother’s love and to home. The feeling that I get when I hear or think of ‘enveloped’ is being safe & secured, that nothing could harm me.

  • omg love this!!! I’m a kitty momma as well and have two fur babies! They are seriously so loved and are family members. I joke to my daughter all the time and ask her where her sisters are… Referring to the fur babies lol

  • I was so sad about BB King’s passing. PS, your cat is so adorable!

  • I thought your take on the theme is rather unique and sweet! your family cat sure looked “enveloped with love”. 🙂

    I have no idea BB King had said that about learning! I used to tell my colleagues, that the great thing about doing something, and doing it well, is that once you mastered how to do it, no one else can take it from you and you will always know how. BB King said it more succinctly though.

  • The first thing caught my attention, no doubt, will be the ake… Awww~~~ So cute. Thanks for sharing such inspiring post.

  • Beautiful kitty! I was so sad to hear that B.B. King has finally passed. I knew he had gone to hospice recently.

  • First of all, I would love to steal your family cat! Haha. So adorable! I love cats too!

    Anyway, I, too, is enveloped with love right now. There’s so much love and support from family and friends because I’ve been suffering from an illness the past years. I’m so glad I have these people with me to keep me going.

  • You always handpick superb quotes. Wish I have that gift. I’m not a fan of cats but Tangy looks adorable.

  • Adorable cat photos. I am not really a cat person, but when a cat purrs on your leg, you will feel loved. – Fred

  • Trusting someone is really hard esp nowadays that you don’t know exactly who to trust, however, our hearts and instinct helps us find those person whom we can trust …

  • Love your cute cat wrapped up ~ adorable. My interpretation of enveloped is when i feel the presents of love and care from my love ones and my family.

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  • “Enveloped” for me means being surrounded by people and things I love! Your cat is so adorable and huggable!

  • surrounded by love and gives so much those sweet cats! I have two that I just adore. I need to take more photos of them 🙂

  • My only knowledge of B.B. King’s music comes from his album with Eric Clapton. However, I know he was a legend and surely will be missed!

  • I am not familiar with the singer 🙁 but I know my husband I bet know him. The cat look so purrfect.

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