Light of Hope through the Aeons

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As 2016 draws to an end, it sometimes feel like this has been  a hard year with conflict, suffering, the advent of Trump as a racist, thug and liar, and the deaths of so many famous people throughout the year.

But throughout the aeons people have faced challenges, difficulties, successes and failures, have picked themselves up, dusted themselves down, found the flicker of hope and optimism inside themselves and persevered.

So let’s carry that light of optimism and hope into 2017, with the intent of creating a better world and spreading love, kindness and hope to all humanity.

Kindness

 

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Kindness: it’s easy to get overwhelmed by negative stories which hit the headlines, but over Christmas I’ve been encouraged to feel more positive by reading about the kindness of ordinary people: those who provided free meals for the homeless; those who gave out parcels of goodies to the homeless; food banks which support those in need; someone giving a waitress a large tip to help with her college fees; and many more.

I trust in the power of love and in the power of people’s goodness and kindness – my gifts from Santa Claus this Christmas!

 

Healing Springs of the Fae

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The title is pretty much self-explanatory and derives from more fun-filled hours with Toolwiz on my Lenovo tablet.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Guardian of the Road Less Travelled

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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
 – Robert Frost

Ancient Times

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I created this from a photo I had in my files of channel country in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Firstly I played with the image to highlight the mystery and magic of nature (see below).

Then I played with that image on ToolWiz and eventually found a gizmo for double exposure, ending up with the above image. I called it “La Vie en Rose” because it reminded me that, in all the challenges life offers us, something of beauty always surfaces in small or large ways which remind us of the miracles we can encounter in this thing called life.

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And of course, I had to include the French songstress, Edith Piaf, singing “La Vie en Rose”.