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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Gratitude Is Truer

 “Gratitude is truer,” she said.

Invited by slight movement into the back yard, I slid the glass door open, stepped into September sun, bearing witness to a gentle breeze coaxing silk tasseled seeds to release. A whisper within encouraged me as well; “Let go. Let go.”

Let go?

In that instant of awareness I saw the miracle of renewal thinly disguised as summer’s death, one season spiraling effortlessly into the next. I stood mesmerized.

I understood. 

In that instant of awakening I saw the miracle of renewal, thinly disguised as my own fears, hitching a ride on silken seed tails as they began to let go. I let go…at least a little.

Truer than fears that entangle my mind, and pull me away from weed seeds, wind, and sun. Simple beauty opened my heart to joy. Real, present, true.  
“Gratitude is truer,” I said.

 

These photos were taken after a long conversation with a dear friend, in which we traded our current anxieties and offered comfort to one another by listening with open hearts. I expressed to her that perhaps it is disingenuous for me to write about gratitude so often on my blog, when in truth I struggle with fear and doubt a great deal. I don't always feel thankful. Sometimes I’m scared or angry, frustrated, confused...I write about these emotions too, still I do my best to turn it all around and write a happy ending in my posts. I search for wisdom, when I am feeling lost, I look for rainbows while inside I'm still in the midst of a storm. Then I went on to explain that I photograph moments that open me to gratitude, I write about them so I'll remember; I'm not always distressed. This is a spiritual practice; it heals me, it grounds me.
That's when she said, "Gratitude is truer. The things you and I worry about may never happen.” And we agreed, then blessed and thanked each other before hanging up the phone.

36 comments:

  1. Oh this is superbly beautiful. How true that gratitude is truer. And such poetic beauty spun in your words and photos. Thank you.

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  2. ah, lovely Laura, we all preach what we need to hear :-)

    we each write, draw, sing of the things that matter most to us, the things we need our own healing for

    may you find healing through your photo-therapy

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  3. Look a little bit similar. Nice :)

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  4. Very true and very meaningful! Gratitude sure is truer!!

    Pixellicious Photos

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  5. How beautiful, Laura!
    I love your words as much as your photos.
    Hugs
    Joo
    xxx

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  6. Beautiful sentiments dear Laura, I am just like you, I too try to see the positive and convey the happiness I feel. And I try to learn from the negative, even if I too can at times be frustrated and sad.
    xoxo

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  7. I think many who write authentically are torn- I know I am. Or as said in a post a while back- I am both. Both grateful and afraid. As you know photos for me serve as a guidepost to seeing what my heart knows. I ebb and flow keeping a gentle balance between honoring what I feel (which can be overwhelmingly sad for me and uncomfortable to share with others)and remaining faithful to the belief that grace shines on no mater what. Grace continues to shine on- your words are a blessing xo teri

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  8. Thank you for including us in on your conversation with your friend. You always make me think ... and feel a diverse range of emotions.

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  9. Wonderful post, Laura!
    And may our fears never come true. Thanks for sharing the beauty of nature you captured so wonderfully!
    It's balm to the heart;o)

    ***
    Have a nice and happy week****

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  10. If only ridding ourselves of our fears and anxieties was as easy as blowing the seeds off of a dandelion. Perhaps if we envision ourselves blowing seeds away every time we have a fear or a worry to rid ourselves of, they will become easier to chase away :o)

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  11. Karine - I like the image of blowing away our fears and Laura, thank you and your friend for the reminder that we all struggle with the places in between fear and gratitude and finally - that gratitude is indeed truer. Love!

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  12. This is beautiful Laura. I do believe that writing is a spiritual practice and that it does heal. I feel your truth through your messages every time I come here - and that has a healing effect on us all.

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  13. You always touch on and write about human emotions and feelings.. the ups and downs, the fears and hopes.. but always ending with an uplifting note.

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  14. Your photographs are superb and your words, absolutely beautiful in their truth. I really think we are all, in a way, battling the same things, Laura. I don't believe any among us feels gratitude all the time, but it is our desire to be open to it and to feel it in those moments when we are so aware of how much we have to be grateful for, that our spirits soar. It is a state of mind we all yearn for and search for, but as with everything, it is not permanently attainable.

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  15. Oh, so true! Whatever we focus on, whether it's something positive or negative, becomes true. I am grateful for this post, it reopened me to gratitude this morning :-)
    Blessings!

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  16. Thank you for your transparency, Laura. :-) Great post, as always! xo

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  17. "In that instant of awakening I saw the miracle of renewal, thinly disguised as my own fears, hitching a ride on silken seed tails as they began to let go. I let go…at least a little." Love this. A beautiful write all together... really enjoyed it.

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  18. Friends' conversations, like this one, are but the best therapy to the heart- It is difficult to be always grateful, especially when there is so much to moan and complain about- but some moments are so beautiful indeed- and you know so well how to capture them, Laura!
    :-)
    Thank you for being there.

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  19. the miracle of renewal hidden within summers death...nice...def make us ponder my friend...

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  20. Such a great post and so well written I think you are so right in what you say the best therapy to the heart is good conversations with friends.
    http://gatelesspassage.com/2011/09/20/the-fait-of-our-lands/#comment-1018

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  21. Laura! You, disingenuous?! I don't think so! Life is a mixed bag of emotions, and yet, with gentle reminders, you, me, we can feel and let go of those we choose not to dwell on. And you share these reminders beautifully.

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  22. so true....and you write so well. lovely shots.

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  23. Ever so true and flowing with elegance, Laura. And I like how you share that in spite of, or because of, darker emotions you do your best to end your posts on an uplifting note. Most people have their own form of 'demons' (emotional or physical or environmental) to deal with, and I know this, so I personally treasure those gifts of writing that inspire and uplift and show how each of us rises and shines. Beautiful...thank you.

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  24. Beautiful photos, and wonderful posting! Writing can also be a form of letting go all of those emotions, no matter how it ends up! We have to own up to our thoughts and feelings.

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  25. I have thought yes, Laura, you must have much fear, doubt and down moments. Yet your spirit of gratitude is how I always see you foremost.

    xoxo

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  26. Laura, It is right that you write of gratitude as being "truer". You live with more than your share of pain, and suffering, and, you wouldn't be human if you didn't experience fear. But, I, and all your faithful readers, are so blessed by your gratitude, as it is so honest and real. I thank you for your gratitude, as you guide me to look for what I'm grateful for, every time I read your words.

    Wishing you health and grace.

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  27. A flight of light. Where will it land and what will grow from it?

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  28. true words .. i feel the same often , thank you for sharing

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  29. Wonderful post and so true words.
    I am just like you :)

    Greetings and I wish you all the best dear Laura

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  30. I feel this exact same way, and write for much the same reason. I love your friend words. They help me, as do your words every time I come here.

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