Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge

Here is my interpretation of converge for this week’s photo challenge 🙂

It really is a small world

When I was little, my Uncle Roy bought me a microscope for my birthday. I still remember my fascination at looking down the scope and being amazed to see a leaf transformed into something magical.

I had thought about buying myself a microscope to rediscover the small details we can’t see with the naked eye. My son, Joel, heard about this and bought me a microscope for my recent birthday – and I have had great fun with it. It is electronic and connects to my computer, in much the same way as they are used in medical procedures.

Below are some samples of what I have seen so far. These are images of fabrics in my home. They look very different from what we normally see.

Optimism … easier said than done?

This time last week I wrote about a couple of people I spoke with during the day. Both were facing major issues – one was dealing with sickness in the family and the other had serious business problems.

Today I caught up with the business person again and ventured to ask her if she had any success in fixing a major piece of machinery. Last week she said it could not be fixed and she would miss out on the busy holiday season. Today she was much brighter as she told me the problem was resolved. She said she had a couple of really tough days worrying about going broke.

I was really pleased to hear the good news. It is so easy to get overwhelmed when things don’t go the way we expect.

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Consciousness

I have written few posts recently about a book about being in the flow. I have finished reading it now but I have noticed my dreams are being more lucid – meaning that I know that I am dreaming and can actually direct what happens in my dreams.

It is a wonderful experience that has happened to me a few times in the past. It is not something I can manufacture. I suspect that the process of trying to understand more about how my mind works has something to do with tapping into this amazing gift.

consciousnessI also believe that when we are ready to learn new things, the opportunities are there for us.

Keep it Simple – a sampler by Don Wright

Earlier this week we had a good time catching up with our friends Don and Deirdre. Don is putting a CD together and I am pleased to be able to offer a taster of what is to come. Don writes his own original lyrics and music. It has a great message for today for us all as well.

I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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Music and lyrics are copyright and owned by Don Wright ©

Weekly photo challenge: Achievement

demographics 001 (Copy)I made the above picture (with cloth, glue and cardboard + butterflies) as a way of expressing the importance  of that time in our lives beyond 45 years of age.

The bottom purple rectangle represents our youth up to around 21 years old where we are in a phase of learning about ourselves and the world around us.

The cream rectangle with three gold butterflies represents the years from around 21 to around 45 years. These are usually very productive years for most people – hence the gold butterflies.

The blue rectangle represents that span of our lives from around 45 years to around 80. This is a time when we have a lot of life experience, knowledge and skills – hence the abundance of butterflies.

The top purple rectangle represents those lucky enough to live a long life beyond 80 years.

What I was trying to portray was that the 45-80 years + is a very dynamic phase full of great potential. Notice how this phase is actually bigger than the other three rectangles. I am suggesting a new way of looking at this time in our lives – not of reaching retirement, putting the feet up and waiting for the eventual decline.

This is just my perspective and I would be interested in other people’s ideas and feedback 🙂

Our inability to control everything

serenitySome days I worry about what might go wrong and then I remember that I cannot control everything around me. Even when I plan everything perfectly there is usually something that can throw me off course. When I remind myself of the limits on what I can control, I am able to let go, be more relaxed, and go with the flow.

Today I spoke with two people with situations way beyond their control. The first person is a man I met for the first time. He told me about his adult daughter suffering a serious illness and her need to move permanently to the other side of the country to receive specialist medical treatment. The outlook is not good. I commented that sometimes life doesn’t turn out like we expect it to.

About an hour later I was talking to a business owner and asked if she was ready for the busy tourist season nearly upon us. She told me how a critical part of equipment has broken down and is unable to be fixed in time to reap the rewards of the tourist season. It will have a major impact on the viability of her business. She was close to tears as she shared this with me. Once again I commented about life not turning out as we expect it to.

I was moved by these two people and the honest sharing of their personal experiences. It also reminded me to be grateful and not to stress when life doesn’t follow my own personal script.

Weekly photo challenge: Minimalist

volcanic stones from near Meekatharra in Western Australia

volcanic stones found near Meekatharra in Western Australia

A LITTLE ABOUT MEEKATHARRA (from Wikipedia)

From 1993 onwards I worked for the West Australian Department of Training. My job often took me to remote parts of the state. My role was to encourage and coordinate employment and training programs by working with the Local Government authorities. The Shire of Meekatharra just completed a training program for their young people and I presented the students with their graduation certificates.

The course tutor had a lot of local knowledge and invited me to see an area near town with these unusual rock formations. He told me they were the result of volcanic activity in the distant past. I took some home with me and I still marvel at their shape and texture.

Because Meeka was a long drive from home, I often stayed overnight. The photos below suggest to me that things have picked up a lot since the early 1990’s.They weren’t very inviting when I stayed there but there wasn’t much option. It was fun though 🙂

 

 

The flow state

I am reading (still) Flow – The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihaly and published by Harper Perennial – first published in 1990. It is one of those books where I keep going “Aha!” as I discover the writer has put my jumbled thoughts into eloquent words that seem quite profound. It is not often I find a book that answers so many questions for me.

I could not do it credit by trying to explain his findings but I would really encourage you to read it. One of the things that appeals to me is that it not pop psychology but seems to have some real research behind it.

To quote a New York Times Book Review, “Flow is important … The way to happiness lies not in mindless hedonism, but in mindful challenge.”

Visual for being in the flowI spoke to a friend on the phone yesterday (we haven’t caught up in many months) and I recommended this book to her. She was amazed at the coincidence as she was just about to put in an online order for the very same book – how is that for synchronicity?