Weekly Photo Challenge: ANTICIPATION
“Such is the state of life, that none are happy but by the anticipation of change: the change itself is nothing; when we have made it, the next wish is to change again.” Samuel Johnson
For this photo challenge on, Anticipation, I decided to share the progression of growth that my hardy Japanese peony flowers go through each season. In the fall/winter, they die down completely to thin, woody stalks. In that state, they look dead and if you were unaware of their spring time beauty, you’d think the stalks were dead branches. But, just like magic, they awaken in the spring and starting with little bud tips, they grow back their leaves, form flower buds and when the time is ripe, they blossom into the beautiful pink blooms you see above. They get quite large and give us a few weeks of joy!… Once the blooming period is over, they fall silent; by then, my anticipation has shifted focus elsewhere. I bet you have a similar experience too. What do you look forward to each season? Have you been disappointed?
“An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing.” Samuel Smiles
In nature and in life, we often look on in anticipation for some special change in our surroundings, our lifeforms and, perhaps, our Self. For the Hudson River shots, I watched the clouds hover over the Hudson, as the sun pretended to peek through. It was as if the sun was waiting for permission to shine through. It was a cloudy, wet day and the clouds were having none of it, so I waited. Eventually, the sun gained a bit more ground and that was where she hovered, as I gathered my things and headed for the door. We wait in anticipation for lots of things in life, both consciously and subconsciously. When we see the results, we relish them, for a moment, and then turn our attention to some new area of anticipation.
Such is life; an unending cycle of anticipation and changes! I used to be an avid gardener and always looked forward to the arrival of flowers and vegetables in my garden. Over time, life demands and competing wildlife diverted my attention to more pressing needs and I stopped adding new plants to my garden. Every spring, I still wait in anticipation for my perennials to pop up like an ever faithful friend, but alas, I have stopped adding new seeds to their mix.
Have a wonderful weekend!
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Weekly Photo Challenge Post: – ANTICIPATION – This week, share a photo that says anticipation. A candid shot of your niece, eager to blow out the candles on her birthday cake. A photo from the trip you’d long dreamed of. An image of something you hope to have one day, or something that was worth the wait. For those who celebrate Christmas, how about a photo of the stockings hung by the chimney with care?
Have a relaxing weekend!
Positive Motivation Tip: In your anticipation, see the blessing and be grateful for it.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All other Photos from my personal collection.