Tuesday, January 10, 2012

noted.




i had a revelation today.  i was driving along and i saw the sun shining on a little pond and it was absolutely glorious. and i realized there, in the face of that beauty and light and stillness and the silhouettes of the trees, that i cannot take responsibility for fighting against all of the stupidity in the world. or even some of it. i cannot help it if people are petty and power-hungry and purposefully obstinate. i cannot help it if they lack creativity and vision and are unable to appreciate those things in others. i cannot make them open to new ideas if they are closed. i cannot make them other than who they are.

imagine if we took all of the energy we use trying to resist the stupidity of the world and directed it towards something positive. that thought, like this moment of sunlight on a little lake, takes my breath away.

10 comments:

paris parfait said...

Good point and gorgeous shots! (but I'm not seeing a blog banner. Is it missing or is it my Mac?)

Andi Sibley said...

beautiful!

rayfamily said...

Beautiful shots & much agreed with words! xo

Bill said...

From experience, we've learned we cannot change a world choked with madness ... but we can change ourselves.

Yet, if we don't rage against ignorance, negativity and evil ... we lose something of ourselves.

It often seems one is walking on a knife edge while juggling altruism and selfishness.

I think you're an excellent juggler.

ladyfi said...

Such true words - so wise. And wow, those photos - spectacular!

Elizabeth said...

Amen.

Missouri Bend Paper Works said...

Amen! Beautiful post....thank you!

CiCi said...

Very good way to look at things in general. We cannot make others change, we can hope they do, but we have no power or authority over anyone else, so we have to let them be what they are. Keeping peace in our lives helps us bring peace to those around us, so looking for the positive aspects is a better way than to get upset at the profound stupidity and cruelty in others. Sorry, had to throw that in.

Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Hello Julie

Lovely pictures!

Have a great evening.

Best
Tracy :)

Karin said...

So true. Thank you for the inspiration and the gorgeous photographs.