Thursday, January 12, 2012

Where the Path May Lead

Path to the Convent

It seems that the whole word of the year thing is wildly popular on the web. The blogosphere is abuzz with bloggers revealing and discussing their words. Today, at Shutter Sisters, Alex Desouza discusses how she chose her word inspired by Walt Whitman's "Song of the Open Road"

Yesterday, I discussed the inspiration for my own word. But, that's just part of the story. I believe that sometimes our flashes of inspiration are really moments of clarity where all our past experiences and thoughts we have been processing behind the scenes suddenly come into focus and make sense in the context of our lives. It is often referred to as an Aha! moment.

Nothing against Oprah or anything, but the term Aha moment has been a bit Oprah-used (a term I just now coined to describe catchphrases used by Oprah that we just get sick of hearing because everyone is using it. All. The. Time.)

I think I'll just refer to it as a "Yea Baby!" moment.

I like that.

Alex invited us to share photos of roads or paths today, and I chose this one taken last year while on personal retreat at St. Mary's Sewannee last summer.

My committment to take personal quarterly retreats for silence and solitude for an entire year quite literally cleared the way for this burst of creative energy and focus. It is probably no accident that towards the end of that year, I started blogging and sharing my photographs with others.

I guess you could say it set me on the path I needed to take.

Photographs of paths are popular and I take plenty of them. Who can resist the leading lines and sense of mystery regarding that which is beyond what the eye can see? Some paths can be so foggy and dense that one feels a sense of fear about moving forward. This shot with its verdant green shades of summer and dappled morning light gives it a friendly, safe and happy feeling.

And so it is for me these days. It isn't that I know what is down the road, and I certainly don't have a map. But the path is enticing and as inviting as a summer morning stroll.

I'll take it.

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  1. This is a path I'd love to walk down - it looks so peaceful. Gorgeous capture!

    1. It was peaceful. I am so happy to have found this place.

  2. What a beautiful photo! I love the dappled light. It feels just like the road to my cabin :)

    1. How lucky you are! It would be so nice to have a place like that.

  3. A beautiful nature picture. Now I'm longing for summer.

  4. That photo is beautiful and I love the lush greeness of it but your words, wow, those are pretty awesome too. :)


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