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The Sweetness of Life: One PhotoCanChange a World!

Updated on September 2, 2012

Simply Loved

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

Source

Simplicity

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!

I have rarely been more moved by a photo. I cannot express the gratitude I have for the willingness and trust placed in me by Rebecca Bishop-Walkup and her fami

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    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank you Epi!

      We all know that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder," but sometimes the beholder, I believe, is collective. As Polyannalana stated "innocence and honesty" have to be seen by many here, especially those whose eyes see beauty the way yours do!

      It's and honor to share your kind words.

      Gratefully,

      Bruce

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi Polyannalana!

      Thanks for the read and the comment! Actually, I know the picture captured me!

      I am grateful for your kind words and time!

      Bruce

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hey Brett!

      Thank you for the read and the share! Where are you? Back home yet or still somewhere in Asia. I remember a hub you wrote after Korea but I can't remember where you said you were going or were. Ok, Don't answer, (Haha) I'll go back and read it over.

      Thanks for following this incredibly amazing journey I'm on that we share, in part, here on HubPages. Isn't it great?

      I know you like photo's too and this one just called out to me. I love it when that happens.

      I appreciate you! Thanks again,

      Bruce

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi Patty!

      Yes they are and sometimes they grab you, toss you around and throw words at you until you say Ok, Ok, you touched me, I'll write about it! Hahaha.

      Thanks for the comment!

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      epigramman 

      6 years ago

      ....lovely indeed and this fabulous hub presentation is one reason why I follow you now with awe, admiration and pride and yes a picture does tell a thousand words but only one word is needed for this one - beautiful and your writing and your thoughts are too!

      lake erie time 9:39am

    • Pollyannalana profile image

      Pollyannalana 

      6 years ago from US

      There is love but also innocence and honesty. You have captured them all. Very beautifully.

    • Brett.Tesol profile image

      Brett Caulton 

      6 years ago from Asia

      Many forget what it is like to be a child, considering them to be learning how to live life, when in fact they live it more truly and fully than many adults ever achieve.

      Shared, up and awesome.

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      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Beautiful!!! A picture is worth a thousand words and I absolutely LOVE the picture you used for this Hub!!!

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      Paula 

      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      LOL!!! If she was MY daughter (and I do not have one) she'd be learning ALL about the Cadillacs, Cruises and "Comforts!!!!"

      I do have 4 sons whom I am told are awesome husbands.....so I obviously did SOMETHING right. Hopefully it was how to treat the woman you love.....

      I am the one who is blessed....seriously Born2care.....They say to never look a gift-horse in the mouth....but I have no idea how I got so lucky.!!

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Paula,

      These are fabulous, especially the last one. I was actually looking down the road a little more..."Ok, you can have the shovel and the sand box, but I want the Cadillac!"

      Thanks for helping me have fun here, too! Your family is very fortunate to have you...and so is HubPages!!!

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      Paula 

      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      "Good Morning, Little brother, I love you." "Now run along and play, I'm a girl on a mission!"

      "OK, I'll give you a kiss....but please don't take my toys!"

      "I'm soooo glad Mommy and Daddy brought me a cute baby brother!"

      "This is a Promise Kiss! I promise to love you....AND annoy you forever!!"

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Paula,

      Thank you! They are precious, innocent, sweet and adorable. I can always count on you and I would really like to see some of those captions! Knowing you are a loving and avid grandmother puts extra emphasis on your comments.

      Thank you!

      Bruce

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank you Bill!

      This was a remarkably easy piece to write. It was a joy, a supreme pleasure because of the quality of the photo. It was the inspiration given to me and because of that inspiration I penned something that pleased my heart.

      You know how much I treasure your comments. Thanks you my friend, thank you!

      Bruce

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      Paula 

      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Babies....children.....Nothing at all, anywhere, ever, is more precious and sweet, innocent and adorable........This is a touching piece, Born2care and the children are simply exquisite......I must have conjured up at least 10 captions to go along with that darling photo, in just a short minute! Thank you for this. I love it. UP++

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stunningly beautiful...the picture and your message. You have said a great deal in few words....the secret of life. Bravo Bruce!

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