“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ― John Steinbeck
“You couldn’t have strength without weakness, you couldn’t have light without dark, you couldn’t have love without loss” ― Jodi Picoult
“Any life expands and flowers only through division and contradiction.” ― Hermann Hesse
Opposition, it seems to me, is a relationship where there are many similarities and a few striking differences. You wouldn’t say that the opposite of a lemon is an airplane. You might say its opposite is an orange – they are similar except that a lemon is more sour and an orange can be sweet. A mirror image is almost exactly the same, except that everything is reversed. So maybe, if you are distressed by getting the opposite of what you want in life, you can narrow your focus down to one or two factors that are making the outcome contrary. Then, you can see that your life, by and large, is quite satisfactory – a reason for joy, in fact!
Terrific response Priscilla. Loved your examples and especially loved your commentary this week. Spot on! Candidly, wish I’d thought of that!!
Thanks, Tina. I do love how concepts and images always spark some kind of philosophical thinking, especially with comparing and contrasting. Your images are terrific for that – sunrise, sunset and all!
Really nice photo of the flower/flowers. What kind are they? I liked the start/finish grouping. Glad they were there at the end.
Those are purple coneflowers, otherwise known as echinacea. Thanks!
Lovely. The start/ finish is my fave. and always great quotes attached.
Excellent. I love the Steinbeck quote too.
Lovely entry, Priscilla – and I loved your thoughts on opposites. Comforting and positive!