Still Learning To See

Full of wonder

A good friend told me yesterday she had immediately deleted my last post. I understand and am in no way offended.

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I find myself all too often—with blood-pressure spiking—giving into the flight/fight response and simply reacting to the news of the day.

Also important, however, is remembering that the real news of the day never makes the headlines: the sun rose this morning, many people nearly everywhere greeted each other with civility, mothers walked hand-in-hand with children, the wind blew through the sweet-smelling flowers of the Linden trees…and on and on with the real stuff of life on this wonderful planet.

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I must dig in and help clean up some of the mess we humans have made of life, and I also know that I am daily sustained by the unbelievable miracle this world is—so evident everywhere I turn.

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When I slow down and am nurtured in the presence of life, I remember what is important.

 

This entry was published on June 24, 2018 at 10:12 am and is filed under Flowers, www.johnsnell.photography. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

6 thoughts on “Full of wonder

  1. Dianne Shullenberger on said:

    John this was such a wonderful way to start my day with beauty and uplifting thoughts. You have a way of giving us all peace and strength. The Peony face says it all. THANK YOU. Enjoy NY we will chat this week. D

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  2. Martha E Snell on said:

    thank you for these words today … the words do not soften yours from yesterday, but allow the full picture of life to shine through, giving hope, encouraging us to carry on with what we need to do.

  3. John–Beautiful, intimate work, as always! Elliot

    On Sun, Jun 24, 2018 at 10:12 AM, Still Learning To See wrote:

    > John Snell posted: “A good friend told me yesterday she had immediately > deleted my last post. I understand and am in no way offended. I find myself > all too often—with blood-pressure spiking—giving into the flight/fight > response and simply reacting to the news of the day. ” >

  4. Julia on said:

    John, you never shy away from the yin yang of life, and I appreciate your courage in calling out injustice, while admiring your ability to still see wonder in the world. We human beings are the source of that injustice, since we alone in nature have a choice to make between kindness and cruelty. The natural world, with all its beauty and fierceness, is amoral–we do not judge a tiger for killing its prey. So I thank you for standing up for justice, as you did in the original post, as well as for today’s gift of beauty. As Martha says, we must “carry on with what we need to do”–and, for me, that includes opposing injustice as well as paying closer attention to the wonders of the world. Thanks for inspiring us in both aspects of life, even if facing corruption isn’t as comfortable as absorbing beauty. XO

  5. Lovely images and sentiments!

  6. thank you John for reminding us all of the importance of the little things which are so often overlooked and yet are all that really matters.

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