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“Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.” ― Toni Morrison, Beloved

Photo Challenge: BELOVED

Photo Challenge: BELOVED

And O my people they do not love your hands. Those they only use, tie, bind, chop off and leave empty. Love your hands! Love them. Raise them up and kiss them. Touch others with them, pat them together, stroke them on your face ’cause they don’t love that either. You got to love it, you! ― Toni Morrison, Beloved


This week’s photo challenge topic – BELOVED – had me thinking of how our perceptions of the beloved can be expressed in so many forms; from the very specific to the evocative and even the higher expressions of ourselves. Our natural inclination on the subject is to look to our loved ones and that is fine. They are our first experience of the term… then it spreads out beyond that.



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“Something that is loved is never lost.” Toni Morrison, Beloved

Photo Challenge: BELOVED

Photo Challenge: BELOVED

Photo Challenge: BELOVED

Photo Challenge: BELOVED

More than eyes or feet. More than lungs that have yet to draw free air. More than your life-holding womb and your life-giving private parts, hear me now, love your heart. For this is the prize.” ― Toni Morrison, Beloved

While my photos are not based fully on the popular book, the photo challenge theme for this week reminded me of  Toni Morrison’s powerful book and the concept of a beloved; both the sacred and profane versions.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post:  – BELOVED –  This week, This week, share a photo of something that is dearly loved.In this week’s challenge, share with us something that is beloved. As always, we’re looking forward to seeing what you share.


Positive Motivation Tip: We are drawn to what reminds us of beauty and grace.. explore yours

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

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

115 Comments leave one →
  1. hal permalink
    01/02/2018 6:38 pm

    your photo collages are always the best! I love anything Toni Morrison so I really loved this post!

  2. Heather permalink
    01/02/2018 7:17 pm

    I’m not sure if I agree with that quote, something that is loved is never lost. I actually kind of think the opposite. If you love something too much, you’ll loose it. So it’s best to appreciate it, but not give it more attention than you’d give God. I loved a house once…too much. I lost it.

  3. Jacqui Odell permalink
    01/02/2018 7:25 pm

    Beautiful pictures!! I need to go through and do the same. I think it will help me refocus on what’s important. What I love.

  4. Gladys S Parker (@momtograndma) permalink
    01/02/2018 10:12 pm

    When I think of Beloved I think of my love ones, children, grandchildren, siblings but also of being loved what can I do to show love to myself and others.

  5. emmanuel damian permalink
    02/02/2018 12:39 am

    I have to agree on this quote – “something that is loved is never lost.” I think it sticks in your heart and mind. It is vital so you won’t forget about it. It becomes a part of your self,

  6. thetennisfoodie permalink
    02/02/2018 12:40 am

    I have to agree on this quote – “something that is loved is never lost.” I think it sticks in your heart and mind. It is vital so you won’t forget about it. It becomes a part of your self,

  7. 02/02/2018 2:03 am

    I enjoyed this post a lot.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      02/04/2018 12:56 am

      Hi Jo! Must visit you too. <3

  8. Kelly Reci permalink
    02/02/2018 2:14 am

    This is a great post to ponder. I love that quote. It shows how we are being formed in our daily living.

  9. Indu Indra permalink
    02/02/2018 3:33 am

    Word ‘beloved’ is such a divine feel which could be expressed in different ways and in different forms of relationships. Your posts brings new dimensions to life. I love reading lot and excitedly wait for your next post.

  10. Erica Swedish permalink
    02/02/2018 3:48 am

    I love that quote! I have always found statues to be a little creepy, but you got some great shots.

  11. Joanna Davis permalink
    02/02/2018 4:41 am

    I think that you have expressed the concept of beloved very well in your photo. Holding hands, preparing dinner for our loved one to surprise them after a long day, family, sunsets, they all inspire love.

  12. Megan B permalink
    02/02/2018 5:44 am

    This is great! I love seeing your challenges every week – I think it also helps to train the curatorial eye 🙂

  13. Emily Fata permalink
    02/02/2018 7:23 am

    I love this post! I remember reading Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” in my first year of university, and instantly loved it. I started reading over short stories and novels by her; she’s such a talented writer.

  14. Amy-Lynn Vautour permalink
    02/02/2018 7:25 am

    I love the multiple ways you took this challenge and ran with it. you looked at different ways a person could interpret “beloved” – not just romance, but children, family, nurturing, etc.

  15. Nicola Quinn permalink
    02/02/2018 7:31 am

    The perfect topic for approaching Valentine’s Day! 🙂 The colourful interpretation of the famous sailor kissing photo is beautiful.

  16. Preet@thevelvetlife permalink
    02/02/2018 7:44 am

    I love the quotes you mentioned, great photos and explanation, ‘Something that is loved is never lost’ this is so true, the memories always stay in the heart and so that is why the heart is the most precious one.

  17. placeinthisworld247 permalink
    02/02/2018 9:00 am

    I LOVE the picture of the silver hands reaching out for each other. I think this pic illustrates the concept of “beloved” the best. I also like the sculptures of the children sitting together.

  18. Courtney Byers- A byers guide permalink
    02/02/2018 9:01 am

    This post is so inspirational. It really made me think of what is beloved to me. Thank you for the motivation today 🙂

  19. Jane permalink
    02/02/2018 9:05 am

    I love the messages you see in these photos. Thanks for sharing and the motivation

  20. Esme Sy permalink
    02/02/2018 9:58 am

    I believe if love is lost, it remains there at its rightful place. But certain conditions can transform it into something else instead. I believe the proper way to say it that the emotions are always there and never lost.

  21. Alicia Taylor permalink
    02/02/2018 11:23 am

    Yes – my first thought when I hear “beloved” is actually my husband. My sister calls her husband “beloved.” It’s a beautiful term of endearment that goes so much deeper than “honey” or “sweetie” and underscores what he means to her. I tend to be sentimental and cherish many memories and consider the people that helped make them my beloveds.

  22. Sian Lifts Weights🍕 (@sianryanx) permalink
    02/02/2018 11:39 am

    Something dearly beloved to me is family, I love staying close to mine as there is nothing better than having a loving supportive family around you

  23. Allan G. Smorra permalink
    02/02/2018 1:12 pm

    Great images and words for this challenge.

  24. fivemarigolds permalink
    02/02/2018 3:01 pm

    I love that first quote, definitions belong to the definers / not the defined. So true.

  25. Path of Presence (@pathofpresence) permalink
    02/02/2018 6:31 pm

    Of all the photos, the hands touching tenderly resonates most from the inspiration fo the word “beloved.” It is tender, sweet and gentle – all those words are reflective of beloved to me. xo Evelyn

  26. notquitesupermommn permalink
    02/02/2018 7:31 pm

    I’m very fond of the quote you picked, something that is loved is never lost. Perfect for your photo challenge this week. I enjoyed seeing the photos that you picked for the challenge, it has me pondering the photos that I would have picked had I did the challenge. Thanks for sharing this!

  27. Suzanne Spiegoski-Decamps permalink
    02/02/2018 8:07 pm

    Sounds like a fun photo challenge!

  28. Chelsea permalink
    02/02/2018 9:23 pm

    I love the statue with the two hands touching and I am always a sucker for a beautiful sunset!

  29. Erica @ Coming Up Roses permalink
    02/02/2018 11:07 pm

    It’s always fun to see what you’re reflecting on in these lists.

  30. kanishka permalink
    03/02/2018 12:04 am

    So true! We usually think of beloved as our close ones but the meaning could go beyond! I love how you incorporated these pictures to display the concept!

  31. Elizabeth permalink
    03/02/2018 12:17 am

    “Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.” Love this quote! So thought provoking. I’ve never read this book, but I’ll look out for it.

  32. 03/02/2018 12:26 am

    Love the pictures.
    Especially the hands.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      02/04/2018 12:55 am

      Oh many thank yous! 🙂

  33. Melanie Walsh permalink
    03/02/2018 12:55 am

    With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, thinking about what means the most to us seems appropriate. Those beloved people in my life, namely my husband and children, are always dear to me.

  34. Evelyn, PathofPresence permalink
    03/02/2018 1:13 am

    When I think of my beloved, my heart opens wide with embrace. It is from this place that I choose and remember to greet everyone I meet.

  35. theroamingjones permalink
    03/02/2018 2:18 am

    What a wonderful theme for anytime but especially near Valentines Day. The eclectic combination of art forms showcased by such beautiful photography is a pleasure to view and your blog made it even more interesting 🌹😊. Susan Jones @susakajo

  36. Tiffany Barry permalink
    03/02/2018 4:17 am

    I love this quote, “Something that is loved is never lost.” Toni Morrison

    We’re going through a rough time at home right now, and this was just what I needed.

  37. hotlunchtray permalink
    03/02/2018 5:27 am

    I love the sculpture of those fingers touching so gently. Thank you for pairing it with such gentle words.

  38. forkwardthinkingfoodinista permalink
    03/02/2018 5:41 am

    You are so right something that is loved is never lost. Love provides comfort and inner strength and confidence that is very powerful x

  39. Ithfifi permalink
    03/02/2018 7:00 am

    I think that is true, our loved ones are certainly the first interaction we’ll ever love with the term beloved! Also the statue you’ve featured again does tie along beautifully with the term beloved I think!

  40. Cathy Nugent 👩🏼‍💻 (@thecathynugent) permalink
    03/02/2018 7:16 am

    Beautiful photos! 🙂 I love that you took Beloved and spread the meaning further than just your immediate loved ones.

  41. katieskottage permalink
    03/02/2018 7:33 am

    Beautiful photos. I liked your take on the Beloved theme.

  42. iamunbothered permalink
    03/02/2018 7:48 am

    I love the positivity in the quote “something that is loved is never lost”. It reminds me that even if we lost a loved one that they are not completely forgotten as they’ve left something of them behind to always remind us.

  43. iamunbothered permalink
    03/02/2018 7:51 am

    I love the positivity in the Toni Morrison quote “Something that is loved is never lost”. It reminds me that even in the death of a loved one they are not completely forgotten as they leave something behind that reminds us of them.

  44. Olivia Douglass permalink
    03/02/2018 8:04 am

    This is so fun! I’ve never done a photo challenge but I think I would have a lot of fun with it.

  45. Ronnie Epsi permalink
    03/02/2018 9:18 am

    I always loved the Jewish expression: I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine. It’s said in weddings as an expression of becoming one in life with a partner, and it’s quite a lovely way to express devoted love between two people.

  46. All She Things permalink
    03/02/2018 1:05 pm

    I think when you think of the word “beloved” our instinct is to think about the closed person to us but love isn’t restricted to one person, it could be many, a place or a thing too! Love how you’ve associated the word to different pictures 🙂

  47. Shannon permalink
    03/02/2018 1:14 pm

    Great choice of photos and words. The photo at the top left speaks to me as I love my family so deeply at this reminds me of the closeness of family.

  48. Candice permalink
    03/02/2018 2:08 pm

    These are awesome! And also somewhat relevant for Valentine’s Day coming up. 🙂

  49. Lisa Rios permalink
    03/02/2018 5:02 pm

    We all have relationships, items, and memories that are beloved to us. I love these quotes

  50. Britney permalink
    03/02/2018 8:36 pm

    I love that photo of the children statue! Thank you for the positive motivation tip as well.

  51. Cindy permalink
    03/02/2018 8:54 pm

    Your posts are always thought provoking. Obviously, my husband is my beloved, but animals are too. They are such a gift to me.

  52. lucicoo permalink
    03/02/2018 11:04 pm

    We should always share our love for someone everyday and not just one I share my love or tell my loved one how I feel everyday.

  53. Monique Elise permalink
    04/02/2018 7:00 am

    “Something that is loved is never lost”. I love that.

  54. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    04/02/2018 7:07 am

    I’m so attracted to this family sculpture, it looks very sweet. family is a key to great living, thank you for that reminder!

  55. tanviidotcom permalink
    04/02/2018 7:47 am

    What a sweet post. Family and friends are all my beloved. Now with meaningful online relationships some online friends are also in that category 🙂

  56. Nati permalink
    04/02/2018 8:50 am

    I had never heard of the book -beloved, but the quote “something that is loved is never lost” resonates with me. I have lost so many dear people, but never felt I couldn’t keep going on because I still feel they’re with me. They are beloved.

  57. Lovely Miss Lola permalink
    04/02/2018 9:24 am

    This is such a beautiful post and I love all of those photos!

  58. Calleigh K permalink
    04/02/2018 2:33 pm

    There’s always something to learn from every situation. Gratitude is vital while love is the essence of life.

  59. kylie cre8tone permalink
    04/02/2018 7:48 pm

    Great photos on beloved… something loved is never lost as it stays in our heart forever?

  60. chewoutloud permalink
    04/02/2018 7:55 pm

    I’ve thought about changing my too-common first name to something more unique…but my given name, Amy, means Beloved… which is the reason I’ve chosen to keep it. It reminds me that I’m dearly loved 🙂

  61. Coralie permalink
    04/02/2018 8:42 pm

    This is a great challenge – and I love the things you chose to highlight! I need to start doing these challenges – I think I would really enjoy it.

  62. lexieanimetravel permalink
    05/02/2018 12:32 am

    The first sentence striked me “Definitions belong to the definers, not the defined.” ― Toni Morrison, Beloved. I like it how Toni expresses this one. Beloved has a lot ways to be defined. I love your photo challenge collection, it’s brilliant!

  63. Emily Leary permalink
    05/02/2018 3:53 am

    A really lovely collection, with each photo depicting intimacy, love and closeness in different forms. Great work!

  64. Shubhada Bhide permalink
    05/02/2018 3:54 am

    The pictures you chose perfectly represent the theme. Such powerful words and definition and what defines us and what we define things.

  65. kumamonjeng permalink
    05/02/2018 3:58 am

    I love the statues, it tells us a lot from there. Another photo challenge I love is the food!! How was it??

  66. Shell permalink
    05/02/2018 4:33 am

    I am absolutely loving that quote so much!!! It holds such truth…. It reminds me to treasure those I’ve lost because they are always with me in my heart….

  67. Rose Mont permalink
    05/02/2018 5:26 am

    On I like the two hands touching the best. They could belong to anyone young, or old, male, or female. Our beloved could be anyone or anything (pets). What a great theme and it would be neat to see others perspective of this theme.

  68. laveremis permalink
    05/02/2018 5:32 am

    What an interesting topic for a photo challenge and such beautiful imagery. You are right, the term beloved can be expressed in a variety of ways and it can mean drastically different things to different people.

  69. Cia Black permalink
    05/02/2018 6:16 am

    I think the photos that you chose for this challenge captures a lot of different forms of love.Along with the ways in which a person shows love to another.

  70. Crystal (Busy Mom Diary) permalink
    05/02/2018 6:51 am

    Always a great photo collage that you put together. This one reminds me of those lasting friendships.

  71. kage2015 permalink
    05/02/2018 8:14 am

    Interesting photos you chose to take and enjoy

  72. Corina permalink
    05/02/2018 9:45 am

    A good portrayal of love, in your words, in the quotes and the images. A phenomenon that will never be comprehended to its fullest and therefore, the reflections on it are never ending.

  73. melclayville permalink
    05/02/2018 11:28 am

    Great photos! I love that you show the different expressions and directions of love. When we think about how many people, places, and things actually evoke the feeling of love within us, we truly see what’s important in our lives.

  74. jenny permalink
    05/02/2018 12:48 pm

    These are great interpretations of what beloved means. I’m not sure what I would choose for this challenge, but I’d probably go with something similar.

  75. Erlene permalink
    05/02/2018 1:24 pm

    Hmmm…makes me think of what I would take pictures of? Definitely family, our dogs, old Hawaii, and food!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      02/04/2018 12:52 am

      Right? hahaha 🙂

  76. Ana Ojha permalink
    05/02/2018 1:51 pm

    I loved the quote of Toni Morrison! And this is such an interesting photo challenge! I liked the first picture of children sitting on the bench. Where is that place?

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      02/04/2018 12:51 am

      Hahaha! The sculpture is in a high end mall in my area. 🙂

  77. Corinne and Kirsty permalink
    05/02/2018 1:53 pm

    This photo challenged is very inspiring to me. I love the delicacy and movement in the sculptures and the whole meaning behind each photo.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      02/04/2018 12:48 am

      Thank you love.. it was a joy to do.

  78. ladysworldoffashion permalink
    05/02/2018 2:05 pm

    Hello, I like your selection of photos to this topic, “BELOVED”. Very cute would be also for example animals like birds which fly together through a beautiful landscape.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      02/04/2018 12:48 am


  79. nicoleflintkontrol permalink
    05/02/2018 6:03 pm

    “Something that is loved is never lost” That quote speaks so many volumes in different ways!

  80. serena hale permalink
    05/02/2018 6:14 pm

    Something that is loved is never lost is such an interesting statement. I can honestly say that I have not thought about it like that. The pictures are all so different and unique. I enjoy looking at each and every one of them.

  81. Shadlyn Jay permalink
    05/02/2018 6:51 pm

    Thats literally my favorite quote from Toni Morrison. I find this post very inspiring and eye catching. Keep doing what you doing!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      02/04/2018 12:48 am

      Many thanks! 🙂

  82. Elizabeth (@oakandoats) permalink
    05/02/2018 9:02 pm

    Oh! I love these photos! And I honestly love the word beloved – it is so deep and beautiful and endearing!

  83. aritheamateur permalink
    05/02/2018 9:03 pm

    I love Toni Morrison. These photos are so great. I especially like the little girl statues

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      02/04/2018 12:47 am

      I love them too.:)

  84. stylevicksen permalink
    05/02/2018 10:16 pm

    I love that you used Toni Morrison’s book as the basis for many of the quotes used. I also love the photo of the installation featuring all the little kids. So nice.
    Nicole Vick

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      02/04/2018 12:47 am

      Ohh thank you! 🙂

  85. Blair Villanueva permalink
    05/02/2018 11:11 pm

    Some love are hard to express in words, they do it in visual art. Some who are not good in creating art, can express love by buying it. Everything for our beloved.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      02/04/2018 12:46 am

      Yes, the path is not always easy.

  86. Drake Conan permalink
    06/02/2018 12:38 am

    This is a great post to ponder. I love that quote. It shows how we are being formed in our daily living.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      02/04/2018 12:46 am

      Well said…

  87. Autumn permalink
    06/02/2018 6:17 am


    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      02/04/2018 12:45 am

      Yes… beautiful

  88. Amanda permalink
    06/02/2018 9:40 am

    Toni Morrison is hands down one of my favorite authors. Her writing is pure art and so inspirational. Glad you found her to be inspiring for your photo challenge as well.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      02/04/2018 12:45 am

      Yes, almost by accident… but her writings are powerful. 🙂

  89. fabiolazefi permalink
    06/02/2018 10:59 am

    I love food photos so in my books, that one is definitely the winner! LOL.

  90. Stephanie JNote permalink
    06/02/2018 7:30 pm

    I really love that Toni Morrison quote. So real and so true. I think that self-love is important. If you do not love yourself, it would be hard for someone else to.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      02/04/2018 12:44 am

      Glad you like it. 🙂

  91. Flora the Sweaterist permalink
    06/02/2018 9:28 pm

    These days, loving others and feeling beloved might be one of those few things that keep us going amid the horrors that happen worldwide. I think it’s important that we take the time to appreciate the blessing of having our beloveds.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      02/04/2018 12:44 am

      We must for our survival…

  92. colossalumbrella permalink
    07/02/2018 1:40 am

    I love the pictures. They are so amazing. Theme is quite interesting

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      02/04/2018 12:43 am

      Yes, the themes are always so interesting.

  93. randmcooks permalink
    07/02/2018 7:59 am

    What a lovely challenge! I’d never heard that quote by Toni Morrison before, and I love it, so simple and beautiful!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      02/04/2018 12:43 am

      TY! Join in the challenge

  94. Garrile Blog permalink
    08/02/2018 3:38 am

    I love the quote that you used here, by Toni Morrison because I feel like it can be applied to so many important things in our life! Like especially when you are away from someone you love, and you feel restless…

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      02/04/2018 12:42 am

      Indeed… Ms. Morrison is amazing

  95. Jake Ferrer permalink
    09/02/2018 7:14 am

    I love the choices of the photos. They are so touching. It’s a very simple way of expressing love.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      02/04/2018 12:42 am

      Thank you. I agree


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