On a retreat this past week-end, my sister thought to share some pictures with me. In one of them, I was very taken by these big white berries. They are so plump and lush. She is in California, so her countryside where she was visiting was very different from what I have now here in the Ottawa area,
I thought at first to crop out the shadows, but then I realized that it lent a very human element to the picture. the retreat took place on a large acreage owned by the diocese of the church she belongs to. Her church and another one were holding their annual fall retreat. Before the heat of the day set in, her group, were walking some of the pathways, exploring.
The picture isn’t perfect the wildflowers look a tad blurred, but I think the reason I liked it s much was that it was being shared with me, and it had been part of her journey that day. So often in life, we want everything to be perfect, I am guilty of cropping, removing, using photo shop at times to get what I call an artist visual of whatever it is I want to express. My sister, was taking a picture simply to share her happy moment, the joy we all feel when we are outdoors on a sunny day, being warmed by the sun, perhaps a gentle breeze and fellowship.
Realizing that the sharing of a special moment was more important and let’s face it precious, than a perfect picture. Appreciation of all that comes our way, is a gift. I like many others have to practice every day, giving thanks, and being grateful for all life has to offer. ALL, not just what I pick and choose . When we learn appreciation, only then can we truly be of service to others.
Look at the view ,for as far as they eye can see . No highrise to block our view,, no constant roar of traffic. Just open land. I wasn’t there at the time she was, but I am sure enjoying it now.
It is Canadian Thanksgiving today, but appreciation and knowing how blessed we are, is something to give thanks for every day.
There is no such thing as true perfection, but happiness, and Love/GOD are very real…
PL Precept #11 Always be with God