High Noon

Today, at high noon, in a chilly, winter moment, a morning scripture meditation became clear.

Winter snow

“For while all things were in quiet silence, and the night was in the midst of her course, thy almighty word leapt down from heaven from thy royal throne…in the midst of the land…”

Wisdom 18: 14-15

Christmas, the birth celebration of a baby boy born somewhere in a dark, wretched stable with only a simple carpenter father to help a lowly handmaid mother.

We hear of no complaints from either parent but only a silent humble royal birth.

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In the midst of whatever may disturb our inner peace, may we pause and reflect on the attitude we keep when confronted with the ordinary, difficult, bleh, boring or insignificant circumstances within our own daily lives.

A Christmas Day reflection inspired by Daily Prompt: High Noon>At noon today, take a pause in what you’re doing or thinking about. Make a note of it, and write a post about it later.<

Enjoy a few more High Noon contributors below:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Reflections… “If 5 seconds of smiling can make a photograph more beautiful, then just imagine,

Jack's reflection

if you always keep smiling,

how beautiful your life will be.”

~Unknown

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Window reflections
Doubles the image of Jack
Let’s *live* life* smiling

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This “Weekly Photo Challenge is about reflections in the composition of a shot. Reflections are all around us, whether they’re in a window, a puddle, a mirror, or another surface. They can dramatically affect the feeling and mood of a shot by creating a surreal sense of duality.”

Did this double image of smiling Jack affect the feeling and mood you were in?

If looking at reflections in photographs interest you, why not join the community of weekly photo contributors and share a photo today! Below is a quick peek into some creative photo shares: Enjoy!

A Splash of Color to Make You or Break You…

Have you ever had a random, foggy black and white kind of day?

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Splash of black and white color: brings in a foggy, random, depressed, slightly despairing mood…

Nothing life threatening but a mild sort of hazy feeling that traps you into an unfocused, lethargic attitude and, no matter how you try to be productive, the drive to pursue whatever is your passion becomes seriously lacking; the only solution seems to be found in frequent cat naps, like my house cat illustrates so beautifully here…

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…on the bed…

cat nap, couch, photograph

…on the sofa…

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…on the floor…

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…on a chair and oh, so shy…

Cat naps work well just about anywhere!

I wonder at times if this uncertain randomness is due to a black and white way of seeing the world. You know, it is either the way you want things to be or nothing at all–talk about thinking in extremes!

Take for example the effort one puts into publishing a blog post. Do you anticipate, as often as I do, how a blog post will turn out? I admit this is a grave fault of mine– over anticipating–and I really should grow up, be done with fretting and worrying over who will like or not like a certain post. For example, if a certain post gets very little traffic, I begin to worry.

Was it something I wrote…or maybe did not write…too long…too short…not enough photos…too many photos (usually never the case) or *gasp* simply poor writing technique?

Fret…worry…more frets…more worries.

STOP!

Instead of all this wasted black and white way of seeing things, I should develop a more “grayer,” leading up to a more colorful thinking scale and allow the “perhaps” to play a more significant role. For example, as the extreme black and white thinking sets in, I can reason that maybe blog readers are busy with life outside of blogging.  I mean we all have a life outside of the blogosphere and maybe my thoughts can become a bit more colorful to include a transition into a more positive outlook on things. Further, perhaps a post would get less traffic because the subject at hand was in all honesty, just too damn boring or too hard to follow. That is understandable.

I should not take it so personable. Ideally, I should sit back, stay calm and reflect on the moment as I allow the grays and colorful thoughts to flourish in abundance.

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Splash of black and white with a slow transition into color: feeling a little better and no, I am not taking any of this personally…really…

Unfortunately, for all of you, I am still digging my way out of extreme black and white thoughts like, “Oh, no, my readers hate what I posted! They think it is all zombie crazy writing!!…”

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Splash of bloody, screaming red color: you are now watching me backslide into zombie-ish kind of despair and worry…

AHHHH, SOMETHING IS WRONG…did I not use enough colorful adjectives??? Tell me…aahhhaahh…Oh, to hell with it all…I give up…go on, poke out my eye…I sacrifice it all for the love of my craft…farewell my dear friends…

…Wait. What is this?

Amazingly, the mist of gloom from my day has suddenly lifted, perhaps because I made the effort to clear my mind and write without a worry. How nice it is to witness the world in color, dive happily into the great Weekly Writing Challenge: A Splash of Color and finally accept whatever comes my way.

So long, black and white colors, be off with your splashes that left me in a slump and feeling like an eyeless zombie!

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Splash me in rich autumn colors: warm oranges, soothing greens and peaceful blues…the fogs been lifted…I can begin to see clearly once again…

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What kind of colors surround you today and how has it affected your well-being?

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As you may have guessed, the writing challenge this week was to “highlight a color in a story or event.” I chose to focus on the dominate colors that surrounded me the last couple of days. The type of weather we experience does seem to affect our outlook for the day…at least it happens to work that way for me. Enjoy more contributors to this writing challenge below:

Life is Sweet…Life is Short…

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Life is sweet when you go into a bookstore and come out with two plastic bags filled with books you always wanted to read or reread and the cost for these treasures–mere pennies!

Well, the pennies really amounted to around 70 US dollars, but who will argue that books, especially if the collection includes several classic novels and a book written by award-winning writer, Julia Cameron and Natalie Goldberg, are one of life’s sweetest joys and a very worthy investment!

Not only are books entertaining, but a fantastic way to increase your knowledge about words. Anu Garg’s book, “Another Word a Day,” will have you, as the author writes “…romp(ing) through some of the most unusual and intriguing words in English.”

Cover of "Another Word A Day: An All-New ...

photo source: Cover via Amazon

For example, we often spend our days allowing others to influence our thoughts, thus, our attitudes reflect the energy we receive from them, and, unfortunately, some people, if encouraged, are good at making us feel like a ragged losel.

*Losel: (noun) a worthless person, good-for-nothing, despicable person

By the way, book collecting also means taking the time to read the books we stack onto our shelves. I know an avid book collector who spends far more money than me putting books upon books onto her (many) library shelves, but spends very little time reading them. Strange, I know, but I keep my mouth sealed. She means well.

“It is difficult to make a man miserable while he feels worthy of himself and claims kindred to the great God who made him.” ~Abraham Lincoln

Life is short. If we describe ourselves as a sad losel, then, we must make our way back to a source of wisdom, the Sacred Scriptures and reflect for a moment on Genesis 1:27:

…God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.

We reflect God’s image and there is no room for being a losel!

If you afflicted with the losel image, go over to a mirror and simply smile… at His image! Oh, beautiful One!

Finally, remember, we are worth more than any precious artwork…“For we are God’s masterpiece.” —Ephesians 2:10

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What is ‘sweet’ in your life?

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You Will Be A Winner…

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Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
~Mohandas Gandhi

You will overcome the obstacles before you

You will make intentions that will carry you through tough situations

You will learn and practice every day, repeatedly, even if it seems a useless task

You will seek support and encouragement from kindred souls who share your passions

You will be at peace with yourself and the progress you make, accepting that being human means occasionally messing up

You will take some time to refocus and re-energize then go on after any fall and,

You will not relinquish your golden visions without fighting strong in the battle to be the winner of your life.

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Will you take the challenge to be a winner of your life?

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