Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Everyday Objectives

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” ― Annie Dillard

I moved to Oregon from Wisconsin in order to be closer to my adult children, in order to spend more time with them, in order to make the special occasion of a family gathering into a more frequent habit – not to make it less special, but to make it more accessible. 

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Yesterday, we celebrated my birthday and a host of other August birthdays in our extended circle of family and friends. There were 15 people on the Zoom call with six of us present at my new place. 

If every day you see people you love who love you back, if every day you have food to eat, then I should think that each of your days would give you occasion to be grateful. 

“In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.”
― Lao Tzu

Still life is still life. I am grateful for food and tools and objects of beauty. I am amazed at how these things can be used to create meaning and purpose and alleviate suffering. My heart is mindful of many who are suffering in the pandemic, the wildfires, the process of aging, the loneliness of separation. I wish them comfort; I send them love. 

Special thanks to Patti, our host for this week’s challenge



16 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Everyday Objectives

  1. Lucky you Priscilla! I hope you’re feeling settled in the new home – it’s events like this that make it worthwhile to have moved. We are still unable to see our families as any visit would mean an overnight on the road or a plane trip and we’re not ready yet for either. Loved your happy family images and happy birthday(s)!

    • I am fortunate, for sure. The road trip out here was very safe; we didn’t stay in high risk or populous states. (SD, MT) Hopefully, you’ll be able to visit soon. All the best!

  2. Hi, Priscilla. I enjoyed your family/birthday images! I keep thinking when I can see my son again, we’ll give each other a big hug. I love your thoughts at the end and share your gratitude and want to also send my love to them. I’m glad you’re closer to your kids. It is a joy, isn’t it?

    • Thanks, Patti – I do wish you a joyful reunion…soon! The night before these photos were taken, my mother was admitted to a hospital in California with lung disease (not Covid). My next goal is to be able to see her. Keep positive!

    • Thanks, John. I do love it when I do the quote search and come up with appropriate ones by my personal favorites. Don’t usually post a quote from an author I don’t know.

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