Saturday, December 22, 2012


Our hope embodied
With the glorious Advent
Of the Season’s truth

“We live in a world in which bigger and better define our expectations for much of life. We have become so enamored by super size, super stars, and high definition that we tend to view life through a lens that so magnifies what we expect out of the world that we tend not to see potential in small things.” (Dennis Bratcher)

And so, I hope to bring back the focus to small things and the potential they hold.

Take for example, a Christmas ornament. It is an object that can seem so secular that the sacred connection is not apparent. 

Everything around us holds only the significance we give it. One can see it as a pretty plastic ornament with nice bright colors that you buy, hang on your tree and go no further than that.

OR, you can choose to examine the details of it closely and marvel at the simplicity of its design. See the bold gradation, vibrancy and joyfulness of the colors. Notice the fuzziness of the felt stripe. Wonder at the sparkle that the glitter throws and how it plays with light.

From this seemingly secular set of observations you can take it to the next level and give it a higher sense of spiritual relevancy. There is the expectation of something good to come, one of hope and joy. Perhaps this is too far fetched a connection to make, but it is possible.

This season that we celebrate is called the Season of Light. It is indeed difficult to make the real connection when dazzled by the over the top displays that surround us. I, for one, find all the lights at this time of year to be quite magical, enchanting, gaudy, garish and beautiful all at the same time!

But, I’d like to return back to the point I’m trying to make. Stop and observe what is around you. Be more mindful of what is going on in each moment.  And then, savor it. Even if it is for a nanosecond.  

See the great potential that lies in the smallest of things.


Cassie said...

Terrific ShadowShot and enjoyed all the others too! Your tree is lovely.

My hubby and I have been singing that Mele Kalikimaka song all day...I have it on a cd by Bette Midler. Thought of you!

Leovi said...

Congratulations for this interesting composition.

Norma Ruttan said...

like the photo; love the haiku!
I wish that you felt like you could get rid of the capcha (or whatever it's called); these old eyes find it harder and harder to read these.


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