The Sweetness of Life: One PhotoCanChange a World!
In today's speed-of-light world images cross our path so quickly I sometimes wonder how the human brain captures and processes all the information contained within them; but we do...every day! All of us can, at least those of us captivated by the electronic communications of the airways, be duped somehow into missing many of the most beautiful and poignant moments of living, of life.
I too, fall into this group so I am incredibly grateful for an unexpected moment of purity, given as a gift of awareness, helping me see what is right there before me, reminding me that faith is comprised of those things we cannot see. The photo below grabbed my psyche and instantly inspired this piece, a brief story about how a snapshot of one moment can express our deepest emotions and help us shape our happiness if we will be open to it! It also confirmed the belief that the meaningful images flashing past our eyes may not be stored and processed in our brains, but more likely in our hearts where the collective energies of spirit and soul are housed. This helps us see the connection with each other and the Source of All Being.
Connected by Love
Children, more than any other age group have the capacity, through one look or movement or gesture or comment, to poetically articulate the simple truths of life. The photo above did that for me. It caused an explosion of inspiration and thought quicker than it has happened to me before and honestly, I cannot totally explain it, but the goodness the feeling represents is overwhelming. The power of experiencing this one moment is incredible and I would like to share it with you.
I guess what struck me first was the simplicity of the scene that somehow touched a sense of connection. I don't know these two children personally, they are the grandchildren of a high school friend, yet I felt immediately connected to the subliminal human emotion expressed by one child for another...or perhaps its one spirit for another at a deeper level. The genuineness of their expressions and the simple act of acceptance is so incredibly compelling that it moved me to look beyond the photo itself, to share in the exchange of love that seems so close to God. I envy children in that vein as they remember that connection much more vividly than adults do. Adults understand the relationship intellectually, but children remember it from the heart which is so much more powerful. Perhaps that is what drew me to join in this moment, the intense desire to be that close to my creator.
What Do You See?
Writers are supposed to be able to paint pictures of intangibles with words so graphic or subtle that the audience can feel the tactile senses without touching the object or explore the awe of a child's first moment in nature without being there with them. Often, as in this photo, I can only communicate the beauty, the gentile expression of care one sibling, one human being has for another. The expression is demonstrated through the peaceful planting of a kiss on the face saying more than, "I touched you." Can you feel this moment? Can you recognize the transfer of emotional acceptance one child has for another. This isn't taught, it's given, it's a gift from an intelligence well beyond our own. It is, in my humble opinion, an indication of the communication connecting us as one species with the rest of life. Can you feel it? In its truest sense...Love! The acceptance of that love is portrayed through the eyes of the receiver, staring with reverence like an Olympian staring at the field of dreams before him or her, not knowing what the experience will be, but knowing all the same this is what he or she is here for. I can only feel that; I cannot, in all my admiration and sublime wonder, adequately explain it.
One More Thought
I Come Into This World
by B. Stuart Noll
Naked I come into this world
and naked I shall go out
But not before I grab my shovel and dig
I uncover some mysteries of living
but none more exhilarating than love
How do I know? I received a kiss
and I accepted it in the vain it was given
passed on from a place known only in my heart.
I am you and you are me, let us live here in peace!