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“It is probably not love that makes the world go around, but rather those mutually supportive alliances through which partners recognize their dependence on each other for the achievement of shared and private goals.” Fred Allen

Weekly Photo Challenge: PARTNERS - Come in all forms

Weekly Photo Challenge: PARTNERS – Come in all forms … nurture them.

Weekly Photo Challenge: PARTNERS - Come in all forms

Weekly Photo Challenge: PARTNERS – Come in all forms

Life clearly does more than adapt to the Earth. It changes the Earth to its own purposes. Evolution is a tightly coupled dance, with life and the material environment as partners. From the dance emerges the entity Gaia. James Lovelock

Partners come in all shapes and forms. We see them everywhere and they are not always of the human kind. I love visiting my local zoo because we can learn a lot about how life forms interact by watching how the animals build their own version of a hierarchy, collaborate, and manage their controlled and contained space. Frankly, I think humans could learn a lot from those interactions. Given the dastardly decision that GB made to leave the European Union, we could all stand to learn more about the value and power of partnerships. Partnerships keep us going/growing, partnerships keep us alive and connected, and when we are lacking in certain strengths, partnerships help us stay relevant. Why did they leave? I’m very disappointed by Brexit!  For this exercise on Partners, I turned to my local Bronx Zoo and the many forms of life that co-habit in that space. I also turned to a man with his loyal partner — a dog. What more can we ask for, right?

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“Perfect partners don’t exist. Perfect conditions exist for a limited time in which partnerships express themselves best.” Wayne Rooney

Weekly Photo Challenge: PARTNERS - Come in all forms

Weekly Photo Challenge: PARTNERS – Come in all forms … nurture them

Weekly Photo Challenge: PARTNERS - Come in all forms

Weekly Photo Challenge: PARTNERS – Come in all forms

Future peace, prosperity and confidence depend not just on ourselves but on the success of all nations. Hence, we are all partners, no matter what our backgrounds, cultures, faiths and histories. Hassanal Bolkiah

Even if perfect partnerships don’t exist, I think we all thrive when we are in partnerships that support and nudge us to be better. Whenever we see couples on TV celebrating their 1,000th year together, the inevitable question always pops out of the reporter’s mouth: How did you stay together for so long? And like clockwork, the invariable answer comes forth: We stayed out of each others way… Hahaha! Jokes aside, they often add another thought: We respected each others point of view, worked together to uplift each other, and compromised on issues that really mattered. We need more compromising in our partnerships.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: PARTNERS  – This week, share an image of partners. A pair, a trio, a sextet; people, buildings, plants — whatever you choose to shoot, give us subjects that are in tune with one another.

Positive Motivation Tip: Walk through life building partnerships that nourish you… They can make a difference.

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

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





40 Comments leave one →
  1. 24/06/2016 1:11 pm

    Love this!

  2. 24/06/2016 1:53 pm

    I love hearing the advice from the longtime married couples. And yes – staying out of each other’s way would definitely work. So would picking your battles and overlooking little annoyances. 🙂

    • 24/06/2016 2:06 pm

      Indeed… I love their insights too. Always makes me smile. We need more compromises and less extreme action. 🙂

  3. 24/06/2016 2:20 pm

    This is great!

  4. Courtney Gillard permalink
    25/06/2016 8:08 am

    Nice pictures! It is very important that in any relationship, you should work together as partners.

  5. Nicole Escat permalink
    25/06/2016 8:24 am

    I and my husband depends on each other. In many ways, we make sure that we are partners even in work.

  6. dewolfe001 permalink
    25/06/2016 9:42 am

    I should take some photos of our cats working as a team.

  7. Kathy permalink
    25/06/2016 11:15 am

    I love this! I think it’s great to see animals as partners. It’s always so cute to see how well they take care of eachother.

    • Sarah Bailey permalink
      26/06/2016 3:50 pm

      I totally agree – they really have such bonds between them that I think we often forget. x

  8. Nellwyn Lampert permalink
    25/06/2016 2:01 pm

    Such great photos! I love how cute those monkeys are!

  9. doitallworkingmom permalink
    25/06/2016 2:03 pm

    It’s good to know someone has your back. Life is so much better when you’re not alone. TEAM

  10. rochkirstin permalink
    25/06/2016 4:56 pm

    Nothing is perfect but we make them work. Partnerships in animals are great because these show that they have a sense of belongingness and they know what’s it’s like to be family.

  11. Brandy permalink
    25/06/2016 6:09 pm

    These are super adorable photos! What a fun photo challenge!

  12. angie permalink
    25/06/2016 6:47 pm

    love it we all need someone to be with us and so glad that you showed us all well that there is that special partner out there

  13. Fernando permalink
    26/06/2016 12:25 am

    Married partner have something in common that needs each other to put forward their goals in life. The love that binds them together makes life easy and comfortable. Fernando Lachica

  14. Danielle permalink
    26/06/2016 1:19 am

    What a fab blog post, love the pictures too. Xxx

  15. Mimi permalink
    26/06/2016 1:49 am

    I have so much to say! firstly, I enjoy your posts and the above is no different. I do feel that love is the one of the most uniting forces (in addition to kindness, empathy etc) – that it makes the world go round and begets friendship and partnership. Couldn’t agree more with the quotes, particularly Hassanal Bolkiah’s. LOVE LOVE love the animal pictures and what animals teach us about loyalty etc.

  16. empire permalink
    26/06/2016 1:57 am

    Haha, the little monkeys are so cute.
    And yes, it is true, no matter the shape or form, we all (hopefully) have partners

  17. Ankit Agarwal permalink
    26/06/2016 5:47 am

    I loved the quote by Fred Allen in the beginning. So apt for a post like this. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  18. Neely (@Neelykins) permalink
    26/06/2016 6:53 am

    Such beautiful photos! I love this idea, so cool!

  19. Mia Foo permalink
    26/06/2016 8:05 am

    I really love that shot of the cute monkeys! indeed, nobody can truly live a solitary life. some form of partnership in life is inevitable.

  20. Jessica Ayun permalink
    26/06/2016 8:58 am

    How adorable are they! it’s really true that two heads are better than one – with these animals. 🙂

  21. Amanda Love permalink
    26/06/2016 10:39 am

    Beautiful shots and I really think you captured what was in the challenge. I like how you said that partners come in all forms, because it’s true. We can learn a thing or two from these animals especially these days, aside from the Brexit, there are also shootouts and so much hate!

  22. Joanna permalink
    26/06/2016 10:49 am

    I am very saddened by the decision the British people did last friday. And more upset that they had no idea what they were voting for. I still have hope and wish for another chance and not a divorce, same as those cute animals from Bronx Zoo

  23. Kerry O'Byrne permalink
    26/06/2016 11:37 am

    So cute!! I feel I have a special bond with my two dogs. They really go through everything with you don’t they? I have a partner too, incase I sound like a crazy dog lady. But I love your message of the post, partnerships may not always be perfect, but we all need them 🙂

  24. ivelisseprojectfour permalink
    26/06/2016 1:09 pm

    It has been forever since I have been to a Zoo. And these animals are so cute!


  25. pjkuhn permalink
    26/06/2016 1:51 pm

    I love the zoo. So enjoyed the pictures. I’ve been with my sweet RB for 41 years. He’s my special someoneone!

  26. Peace Kairu permalink
    26/06/2016 2:20 pm

    This is really cute I love it, the monkeys look so adorable 😘

  27. crystal permalink
    26/06/2016 2:20 pm

    Picking your battles is very good, and communication is key. Also being able to talk not yell through differences is a major help as well.

  28. Pam permalink
    26/06/2016 5:02 pm

    I have a loving human partner and we have been together for over 40 years. It is a very supportive partnership and I know it makes me a better person. I also love my “partnerships” with my fur friends that share our space. They are the best.

  29. Christel Hansen permalink
    26/06/2016 6:35 pm

    These are such cute little photos! Having a partner in life is not always smooth sailing, but through thick and thin they make life so much more enjoyable!

  30. Dawn McAlexander permalink
    26/06/2016 6:59 pm

    I love my partner! We are in it for life. I don’t know what I would do without him.

  31. mskathykenny permalink
    26/06/2016 10:46 pm

    I don’t have a partner but what I have is a community that helps me in everything that I do. I think what this post says that we are not a one man island.

  32. Jenny permalink
    26/06/2016 10:55 pm

    Love these photos!! Isn’t it amazing how many different partnerships there are, great photo challenge!

  33. wholesomeyum permalink
    27/06/2016 9:56 pm

    Such wonderful quotes in here! I love the cute photos, too.


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