The Lens-Artists photo challenge this week is hosted by Patti and she has chosen the theme of simplicity.
I love the concept of simplicity. A removal of the unnecessary. It flows right along with my word for 2020 – “prune”.
In looking up definitions and synonyms, I liked how the word “ease” came up. Ease is defined as peace; quiet; lack of difficulty.
Doesn’t that sound like something we all could use?
For me, simplicity is often found in nature. The tagline here at this blog is “seek the beauty in the chaos”. I am often looking for those simple moments of beauty that can be easily missed when our lives are in constant forward motion, with no time for the pause between the breaths. The space where life is truly lived. In the present.
Naples, Florida. Naples Pier.
This is from my hometown. It was taken during my year of #thisis40 challenges and was for 30 days of yoga poses, which I completed in May 2018.
I love the beauty of any beach. Water, sand, sunshine…and my hometown has glorious sunsets over the water.
When your movement is restricted, you realize what is truly important in your life. While I am so grateful to be in my home with my husband and three children, I also realize that even though I visit my family that remains in Florida quite often, I should travel there even more.
p.s. – I’m wearing my favorite shirt in this photo. It says simplicity. And if you aren’t familiar with yoga, I’m practicing Crescent Pose.
Dornie, Scotland. Eilean Donan Castle.
Since we started with my yoga pose from May 2018, I thought we’d move along to where I traveled from there. I was in Naples to meet my mother so that we could embark on our second trip to Scotland.
I chose this photo to represent simplicity for two reasons. One is that the magnificent castle is in the background while a simple stack of rocks takes the stage of the foreground. The second is that the stacking of rocks is called a cairn. It often carries the spiritual meaning of creating balance. Something many are pondering now that we’ve had a chance to stop the go, go, go.
Edinburgh, Scotland. Arthur’s Seat.
On this trip, my mother and I hiked up Arthur’s Seat and watched a magnificent sunset. While this is not a photo of it, one of our reasons for wanting to hike it was due to the existence of The Radical Road.
The Radical Road is so named this because it was built by the unemployed weavers after their failed effort during the Radical War of 1820, also known as the Scottish Insurrection. It was weeks of strikes and unrest and that began in areas around and in Glasgow. Our roots are Scottish and mainly based out of Glasgow. While many were coal miners, there are also some who were handloom weavers (Going back to my roots- a trip to Airdrie). And while we don’t know if any of our ancestors helped build The Radical Road, the timeline definitely suggests that it was a possibility.
I love daisies. Hence, its appearance in my blog name. I also love that I find them everywhere I travel.
They are simple works of beauty.
And they are resilient.
Humans should take note.
Glasgow, Scotland. Ashton Lane.
When we come out on the other side of all of this, I hope that we continue to embrace simplicity.
There is great joy to be found in gathering with our friends, having a pint of beer, and not rushing off in our hurried, busy ways.
Laughter, friendship, compassion, kindness…these are some of the simple things that truly matter.
For an older take on simplicity and a journey through some Virginia woods, be sure to check out the post : Purely Captivating.
Stay healthy out there…and…
Let your light shine!