Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Delicate


I've just finished reading an excellent book called Streams of Contentment, by Robert J.Wicks. It is chock full of simple wisdom, things I sort of already knew but needed to be reminded about.

I've been going through a little bit of a trying time and for some reason, I thought of this fig photo that I knew I wanted to use for a "thang." I played with it in Photoshop Elements, got it fixed up like I wanted and then sat to try and figure out what I wanted to say. I couldn't think of anything so I picked up Streams of Contentment to see what might catch my eye. I've underlined a ton of things in the book but this was the first thing I saw when I opened the book and by golly, it fits.

A softened soul is as delicate as a ripe fig.

Having a softened soul is a scary thing. There is the very real risk of being bruised by others (sometimes by "others" who love and care for us very much).

Caring for a softened soul requires a delicate touch. You cannot grasp a softened soul with a tight and rough fist without the risk of damage.

Still, a softened soul is a beautiful and desirable thing.

I don't want to run in fear of having a softened soul.

I don't want to hold too tightly to the softened souls I know and care for.

(And I just decided this fits the 52 Photos theme of the week, "Delicate")



34 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photo and equally beautiful thoughts.

    The color is so warm and vibrant. Makes me want to touch it.

    Speaking of touching, lemme know if you need someone taken for "a ride".

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    1. Thanks, Rach! I'll keep your offer in mind although everything is "all better now!"

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  2. Nice photo and I really like the quote.

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  3. Gorgeous photo and thoughts too.
    Will look the book out.

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    1. Thank you! It's a good little book!

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  4. What a delightful...insightful..teaching photo. Delicate indeed! Well done..on all fronts.

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  5. Beautifully said, Annie. I read a book called "The Awakened Heart" and it pretty much said the same thing. You cannot help but love and you can guarantee when you do you will be hurt. Might as well dive in and get the most out of it, I guess...

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    1. Thanks, Julia! I agree, might as well love while we can!

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  6. I often tell my sons ( when they are quarreling) to soften their hearts. This image reminds me of the same advice

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  7. Love your picture of delicate balance.

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  8. A beautiful photo, great lights and colors.

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  9. This one really all comes together in your thoughts, Annie. They frame the picture well....

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  10. beautiful, annie. love the idea of softening...

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  11. That's an excellent interpretation of the theme for this week. The fig is not just delicately hanging, but the analogy of a softened soul fits perfectly. Blessings!

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  12. Beautiful, mellow shot and what a wonderful take on the theme of Delicate.

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  13. Simply beautiful! Your image and the wisdom in your words.

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