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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Be a Blessing


i can show you pretty skies




placid clouds above a lake



yesterday was drained of its own color
until a sudden hurricane of leaves
ripped noisy questions
right out of my head 




littered across the yard this morning


 

no answers



still 




the unresolved wreckage is undeniably



beautiful




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I know it is only Tuesday and I'm posting early for some memes. I won't see my doctor until Thursday. Waiting is hard. Patience is feeling thin. AND I'm so grateful to have blue skies out my window today.  I was able to walk in the back yard for a few minutes this morning to take the leaf photos before returning to bed. Connecting with nature is essential for my emotional wellbeing. My sweet husband has taken me for a couple of car rides so I could shoot photos over the past two weekends. He knows how much it helps to not be caged in the bedroom every day. He's so busy even on the weekends. I greatly appreciate his kindness. It is the little things that make a big difference. Thank you to everyone who has sent emails and left thoughtful comments on my blog. My friend Rabbi Nancy Flam reminded me of two important words in Lech Lecha, this week's Torah portion “vehiyey brachah," "be a blessing.” And while she meant it in a general way of course, she also intended for me to turn it toward myself. Holy distractions, seeing the beauty of the world in the midst of inner and physical turmoil, is the best way I know to quiet the questions and rest in the comfort of here and now. Thank you Nancy.

As Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel taught: 

Just to be is a blessing.



So it isn't even a choice, we ARE. Noticing, that's the choice.

Don't forget to share the love up close with I Heart Macro, the linky opens @ 8pm EST Saturday evening. I may not have the energy to visit everyone, but I know you will visit one another.

Shine the Divine


PS. I'm not experiencing any pain. My symptoms are primarily related to my ability to speak, and move in a coordinated fashion, as well as deep, deep fatigue.

88 comments:

  1. Hello...

    wow these are so nice landscape photos ... marvelous !!

    Greetings from Germany

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  2. Glad that Nature is sharing its peace and beauty with you as you wait, Laura.
    Love and light to you.

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  3. i can imagine how important those moments in nature are.. and how lovely of your husband as well that he takes you out for your photo shoots... such wonderful pics again...they make me breathe a bit deeper...thanks for this... and sending blessings your way..

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  4. I am sorry to read you are home-bound and in pain Laura. I truly hope your visit to the doctor will prove helpful. Thank you for encouraging us to be a blessing and for sharing your beautiful words and the photos your husband took.

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  5. So glad to see the beautiful pictures in your blog. Seems your husband is as gifted in photography as you are! And you continue to have such a gift of words. We all need to keep in mind the idea of being a blessing to others. Thank you for that.

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  6. Beautiful words and pictures. You truly are a blessing to be able to share such beauty when you're not well. Thinking of you. I do hope your doctor's appointment goes well.

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  7. My husband will get a kick out of the photography compliments... they are MY photos... he's not a camera guy... fantastic musician... but not so much of a visual artist:-)

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  8. Oh how I love these beautiful autumn photos :)

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  9. the beautiful wreckage of autumn...i love the little whirlwinds of leaves too...ha...they are fun watch....

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  10. Dear Laura,
    I admire you! You are a strong and wonderful person and a blessing for a lot of people!
    I hope for it, soon, your movability improves itself again. I like your photos and your gift of words very much!
    Keep on shining!
    Wish you all the best,
    Katrin

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  11. you are a blessing to me.
    your images and kind words.
    I pray improvement for you soon.
    have just came out of 5 weeks of deep pain
    and isolation
    living solo, children across the miles and just me
    oh - but God was always there as I cried out to him.
    Now
    how can I be a blessing to others.

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  12. A beautiful scene that often goes by unheralded! You've captured the scenes so well in keeping of the glorious feel of golden brown. Great write Laura!

    Hank

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  13. "One truth is clear: Whatever is, is right", Alexander Pope.

    Those falling leaves are ahead of schedule, aren't they?
    Sorry to hear you re experiencing a set back in your health.

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  14. The wreckage can be beautiful--chaos is stunning sometimes--beautiful Laura!

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  15. Beautiful autumn leaves & words ~

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  16. Lovely shots! Exhaling my very best intentions out to through the universe to you! Much Aloha to you!

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  17. Laura, the photos are all beautiful.
    Continue to bless yourself with all the beauty of abounding nature.
    I find my most peaceful times in nature.

    Keeping you in my good thoughts.

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  18. Beautiful wreckage... Gorgeous pictures and words.

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  19. Yes... nature's wreckage can be beautiful.

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  20. Waiting is very hard. I'm glad you are able to find comfort in the blue skies and autumn leaves when you can.

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  21. Laura, the juxtaposition of the hurricane wreckage and the blue skies are such great metaphors for the notion of finding peace in the maelstrom of thoughts and waiting...and there is so much heart in the redness of the leaves and in your words. Thank you!

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  22. I had to scroll back on a few posts to see what's going on with you. I wish this setback to be brief and light. May you find the strength that always resides in your beautiful heart. Hugs to you, dear one.

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  23. I really, really liked this! Loved the pictures between the words, brings everything up a level! :-)

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  24. You are always so inspiring, Laura. I am thinking of you this week. Glad you are getting out to enjoy the glorious leaf color when you can. You see with an artist's and a poet's eye, and then gift us with the vision. Blessings to you, kiddo.

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  25. My heart goes out to you. Thank you for sharing so much that is beautiful even when you struggle.

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  26. Wonderful shots. Such a beautiful time of the year.

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  27. Laura, I'm glad you are not in pain and that your wonderful partner understands ALL your needs, including photography ana nature. Your images of summer giving way to fall, so beautiful, yet melancholy.

    I will pray for you. Have patience... have light. Amy

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  28. Beautiful, nature is good for the soul.

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  29. Just beautiful... As always, Laura, your words and images are just perfect together!
    Blessings to you, dear one x

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  30. WONDERFUL moments in time, Laura... and your words inspire. Like you, I'm in sort of a waiting phase... and I'm learning it is a time of blessings. That in the midst of difficult there is much gold. And I love that "Holy distractions" :O) When we must rest & wait, so much beauty... Hope you are resting more tenderly... ((HUGS))

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  31. Amazing pictures and beautiful words ... Just gorgeous captures, Laura - Thanks for sharing.

    Jorunn Norway


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  32. Laura, you have been a blessing in my life since the moment I "met" you online. Your words and photos shed light on beauty everywhere. May you be peaceful and at ease ~

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  33. I always enjoy your lovely posts Laura, thank you!

    I am still in Germany but wedding celebrations are now winding down and I was able to get on line for a little while. We will be doing some sight-seeing tomorrow and in a few days we will be on our way home.

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  34. Such wonderful words and photos! So adorable!

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  35. Cool photo and a great time of change in nature!
    Nice post..

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  36. Beautiful photographs! happy sky watching ..

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  37. A lovely post, great sky and Autumn-colors too!

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  38. Great autumnal photos,Laura!Have a nice day!

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  39. die klaren Farben des Herbstes..wunderschön

    LG vom katerchen

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  40. So beautiful pictures, beautiful fall colors and water surface.

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  41. Hope it went well at the doctor's.

    Gorgeous shots and words!

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  42. Wundervolle Landschaftsaufnahmen und Herbstblätter...
    der goldene Herbst...
    Liebe Grüße, Karin

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  43. Beautiful photography ~ be well ~ sending reiki distant healing energy ~ you are a blessing as is your hubby ~ carol, xo

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  44. Lovely. That second shot is so beautiful with that reflection.

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  45. Beautiful skies and lovely Autumn leaves! Your photos are lovely, Laura! Have a happy weekend!

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  46. Love the clouds in the 1st one.

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  47. I lost the meaning of sacred until I lost all that I was..now everything is sacred...even a letter a number or a blade of grass..the blue sky is my chalice and I drink the wind...

    Your words are a reminder of what IS...

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  48. Wonderful nature shots, Laura.
    Send you hugs. Take care.

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  49. I love looking through your eyes and well, we do have to find the answers ourselves otherwise we don't recognise them.

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  50. Hallo,

    danke für Deine Worte zu meinen Passionsblumen, ich habe mich sehr gefreut.

    Viele liebe Grüße von Nadelmasche

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  51. Blue sky and the fall color! Lovely!

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  52. Dearest Laura,
    Wow, sky, reflection and beautiful fall pictures♡♡♡  I hope I will have a chance to take pictures of the sky soon:-)
    Thank you very much for stopping by!
    Lots of Love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  53. Such great photos the skys and the colours are beautiful

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  54. These are so pretty Autumn reflections... Thnaks for this lovely sharing.

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  55. Beautiful fall photos. I wish you the best.

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  56. Oh my goodness... what gorgeous fall colors and skies. Indeed, you live in a beautiful place!

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  57. such lovely autumn photos and wise words!

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  58. Oczekiwanie na diagnozy lekarskie jest bardzo trudne i podziwiam Cię, że potrafisz widzieć piękno w widoku nieba i liści jesiennych. Pozdrawiam serdecznie i życzę szybkiego wyzdrowienia.
    Waiting for medical diagnosis is very difficult and I admire you that you can see the beauty in the view of the sky and autumn leaves. I cordially greet and wish you a speedy recovery.

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  59. just gorgeous colors and reflections!

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  60. Beautiful photos with the fall colors.

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  61. What a fabulous series of images!

    «Louis» thanks you for your visit to San Francisco Bay Daily Photo.

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  62. Wonderful pictures ! The view of nature and beauty certainly helps to support your disease continue to fight I wish you all the best !

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  63. Beautiful collection of the autumns pictures... nicely done...

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  64. ..wow..beautiful...
    herzlichst Steffi

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  65. Hi! Ilike the first and second photos very much. Nice autumn landscapes. Thanks for sharing.

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  66. Very beautiful yuor Blog, fantást Pics Nature, Flowers!

    Greatings from Brasil........a new Friend.......???

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  67. Beautiful blue sky and reflections in the tranquil mountain lake. The leaves fall, but spring awaits!

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  68. Thinking of you today, Laura.
    My husband and I went to temple last and I said some prayers for you.
    Hope the Dr's visit went well.
    Keeping you in my good thoughts today.

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  69. All beautiful, skies and otherwise - I'm so glad that you had the opportunity to capture these and share them with us!
    Here's hoping that you're feeling well soon!

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  70. Your autumn scenes are beautiful, Laura. I have read the previous few posts and hope you are recovering well and feeling stronger and healthier each day. Until you are fully well again, I'm sure the occasional outing to capture scenes such as these will help.

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  71. "Nature vs Nurture" is nonsense - Nature IS Nurture! :-) Your colors are lovely - and the reflection of the sky in that sweet little pond is incredible! What serenity!

    Wishing you well, Laura!

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  72. Wonderful leaves with beautiful lights, great fall colors in these beautiful pictures!

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  73. So glad to hear that nature is giving you some respite...it helps us in so may ways...love, light and healing coming your way!!

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  74. Quanta coisa tão linda pre ver e admirar por aqui! Deixo um beijo, desejando uma linda semana! chica

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  75. gorgeous as always.. such beauty here... and so glad to know that you are at least not in pain... and we do collect the same treasures, it is a reminder of how transient we are and to be grateful for every day... xox

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  76. I don't know where my comment went... oh well... gorgeous as always and I am so glad to know that you are not in pain... and yes we do collect the same treasures... it is my way of reminding me that we are transient beings and to be grateful for every day... xoxox

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  77. Beautiful images, it's a real tribute to autumn.

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  78. I have visited your blog on occasion bu,t apparently, have seemed to always miss the parts about your MS until now. I find your attitude quite refreshing. :) I will keep you in my prayers.

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