For my walkin’ in DC Part 2, I have 14 “people” photos. In a few pics, I have shared some thoughts on getting along with “people” – because as annoying as some people can be – relationships are
what makes our life come alive! If you do not have time to read, please feel free to just skim the photos.
He is paying at a machine for his parking spot, but from this angle it looks like one of the old pay phones that used to be everywhere- Times sure have changed – instead of stopping to use a pay phone, most of us we carry “computer phones” in our pockets.
A lady was riding the Metro with bagged balloons. I was marveling at how DC people “get around” using the Metro as their main transportation. I also wondered where she would gently unwrap those fun balloons. As she sat resting her free hand on her head- I was reminded of the little things we do in order to “give to” and “celebrate with” people.
Do you see this lady in the center right – with the brown boots, tan coat, and bun in her hair? She reminded me of Modigliani’s woman, , who was nicknamed “Coconut” because she wore a similar “coconut looking” bun in her long brown hair. I was reminded of how Modigliani’s manager, Zborowski, was hoping that Coconut would help “reform Modigliani’s disorderly existence” – and she did somewhat – because she brought much “completeness” and satisfaction into his life. Jeanne and Modigliani both died way too young, but it is an example of how sometimes certain people come into our life with just the right chemistry to where it is a major gift. Jeanne
I love this shot of a lady taking a photo of the Washington Monument – because she makes the boots look good!
This lady was wearing silver shoes and a pink skirt. I exchanged eye contact with this woman, and she actually first seemed to be checking out my sneakers! I am not sure what she was thinking, or what her work in DC really was, but this photo is another one of those photos that leaves me wondering about a person’s story. And as T Daniels would say, We all have a story.
This lady is posing to make it look like she is holding up the monument and I think her photographer took hundreds of shots! I like this photo for her smile, for the people scattered in the back, and for the pale pink blossoms. For those that do not know, back in 1912, Japan’s Mayor Ozaki gave the U.S. 3,000 cherry trees, also called Sakura. These gifted trees reminded me how “gifts” can be the sweetest part of enjoying life with people. The right gift can assuage and enrich relations – not the gifts that try to buy affection – not bribes or the sucking up gifts – but gifts from the heart! Whether it is country to country or friend to friend – the right gift at the right time can be oh so special. These D.C. blossoms are actually “friendship trees” – and If you have time, check out Celia’s photos of Japan’s 2015 blossoms HERE
I ended up talking to this couple on the right. I had to sit in front of them because someone with “cheap” perfume sat down beside me and it was so strong you could taste it. I also have been watching some of the episodes of the TV series called “Air Disasters” – and so sharing a smile with this master pilot was nice too.
The workers in DC are quite pleasant.
Where there are people – there is mess – but it can be cleaned and managed. DC has an efficient way of managing trash. And yes, there is life lesson here – because relationships can (and will) get messy, but when we learn “how” to effectively manage mess – we will have more success. This involves problem solving, serving, withdrawing, waiting, trying, discussing, assessing, and investing time and effort to each changing relationship. Managing “people mess” may also involve knowing when to draw good boundaries (so you don’t “cast your pearls before swine”). Drawing appropriate boundaries can sometimes allow much-needed space to grow or heal. Sometimes we only hear advice about giving and giving – and how we need to make the big sacrifice because “hurt people hurt people” -and while this is true many times – it is also true that sometimes we might need to pull back or even cut ties (for good or for a while).
Do you see this single person walking? Well this reminded me of how solitude is not the same thing as loneliness – and how sometimes the best way we get along with other people is by having the right amount of solitude to recharge and refresh our own batteries (we have to tend to our needs in order to have something to give).
Man. Man with camera. Man with camera with nice lens. Man with camera with nice lens takes very nice night photos.
I love this shot of two guys walking on the open path – after the rain at sunset – and surrounded by trees. DC can be crowded, but look at all this elbow room! I also like the vertical lines in this shot. Notice how the two guys have leg positions that match – the branches have a right flow, and the arch of the path has four sections in a left flow- with a pair of empty benches that informally balance with the pair of trees on the left and two walkers.
This manhole cover says “Communication” and I am including it with my “DC people post” because all relationships benefit from good communication – cliché, but true. Do do not forget that this applies to communicating with ourselves – – we need to watch the negative/unhelpful thoughts we entertain in our head. Also, side note – about ten years ago one of the most popular job interview questions was, “Why are Manhole Covers Round?” I heard that some employers are not necessarily looking for a right or wrong answer; instead, they want to see “how” a person responds. And so just in case you get asked this question, here are some reasons: A round cover doesn’t fall through the circular opening and they fit back on with less adjusting that other shapes; circles resist earth compression; circular covers used to be easier to make; and circle manhole covers can be rolled, making them easier to transport.
The Washington Monument has a proud presence in DC, which takes on different moods at different times. Isn’t that a lot like relationships too? Relationships are not always static, and as we develop tighter bonds with people, sometimes it helps if we see something from a different angle – or revisit issues with freshness at a different time. Some people are harder to get along with, some grate on us, and of course we will NOT have chemistry with everyone (and oh the joy that comes with being able to really accept that without taking it personal – it really is okay – and natural – to not have everyone like you). However, for those that are in our lives – either the inner or outer social circles – with a little effort – we CAN enrich relations – it might just take a fresh view or a new approach.
Have a nice day and if you are in the mood for an old school song, H E R E is a link to Triumph singing “Fight the Good Fight”
And if you have not had your fill of cherry blossoms yet – the link to the Washington DC Live WEB Cam is HERE
Mark’s cherry blossom post is HERE
And Radical Ramblings has an amazing single photo up view of white cherry blossoms, with a nice poem by A. E. Housman HERE
“About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.”