“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
Congratulations to the Lens-Artists on their 100th week of photo challenges and for building an artistic community that reflects vision and awareness!
I have not participated in all 100 of the challenges; I joined in at week #13. This week, Tina is our host, and she puts together a beautiful and moving post incorporating the theme and thoughts surrounding current world events. Her inspiration is spot on.
We live in challenging times. The struggle to move forward despite grave difficulties threatening survival is a real one. Whenever I am feeling the need to get emotionally grounded for the journey, I head outside for natural inspiration. This afternoon, as I walked the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, I noticed all the biodiversity of a summer woodland scene and the competition for sunlight. There were millions of maple seeds that had sprouted and created a blanket of living green on the forest floor.
I realized that very few of those delicate sprouts would become seedlings and that even fewer would grow to maturity. Survival and survival strategies are complex and interrelated among all species. And yet each organism is hardwired to try to survive…somehow.
Looking at the teeming abundance of green in a June woodland, you have to respect that Life seeks to survive. I think of myself as a Biophile. I love Life. I think is it beautiful, interesting, awesome, and sacred.
A humble respect for Life is paramount to the health of our Planet and to civilization. The peril of the arrogant human practice of willfully extinguishing Life is realized in a million different examples throughout history. Life has plenty of healthy self-regulating systems already in place. A much more useful human practice is kindness, wonder, and love.
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”
I always enjoy your posts Priscilla but I think this one is my favorite ever. Thanks for the congrats and your lovely comments about our challenge. more importantly thanks for this beautiful and thoughtful post.
Always my pleasure, Tina. Thank you for your hospitality.
You and I always rely on nature when we are seeking solace and peace don’t we Priscilla as I think many, many other people do.
Yes, from time immemorial. It works!
I’ve already put on my walking boots!!!
Great post with beautiful images and thoughts! 🙂
Yay, Ana! Thanks for marching on!
I awoke wondering what road we are on and how many ups and downs we will experience along the way. Staying grounded in nature really does help, and i feel privileged to be able to do that. I hope that as we open up our society, on many levels, the option to find oneself in natural places grows for all.
Yes, and for those who got a taste for Nature or a renewed appetite during social distancing, I hope they nurture that relationship going forward. We protect what we revere.
Your phrase “a humble respect for Life” resonates with me. If only we respected all lives we might get to a more harmonious state. Thanks for making me think!
You’re quite welcome; thanks for being a thoughtful person…this world needs you!
Beautifully put together as always, Priscilla! Thank you for the congrats too! I hope you will go on walking, as I will too. “A humble respect for Life is paramount to the health of our Planet and to civilization.” Spot on.
Thanks, Ann-Christine! Good to be walking together!
Wow. Beautiful photos, superb quotes. Well done.
Thank you, John. 🙂