Today’s photographs feature fences for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge (here).
I was taking a small blog break – but when I peeked at Leya’s Lens-Aritst post, it was moving. Leya had photos from around the world, which included her favs of stone, then a variety, which included a “saw” fence and a colorful hydrangea one. Some of the quotes included Tolkien (The wide world is all about you, you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot for ever fence it out) and Frost (Don’t take a fence down until you know why it was put up). MMM….. tasty.
So I peeked into my archives and selected some fence images from the last few months (all from this summer).
My fence pictures reminded me of society and people issues.
Maybe this is fresh on my mind because I was recently talking to my blog friend, Dawn, about the topic of “speaking up” and how tough it can be to speak up. Actually, that topic unfolded from the subject of forgiveness and how there is a time to speak up and a time to forgive. However – sometimes before we can forgive we have to get a little messy and clear things up (before that grace point arrives). Other times, we forgive with grace and we accept because “it is what it is” and there might not be any point in hashing something out.
There is no formula.
But there are times when…
we speak up to address an issue and it causes mess, unrest, and even feels like an insult to the recipient.Whew.
But the truth of the matter is that when we speak up – we show love. Or we can be showing love (some people might just be stirring trouble cos they have habits and patterns…. ) But – if our motive is pure and if we waited it out and then just really knew it was right to speak up.
Well – we have to ride the storm and proceed with care.
We know that “mess” is part of a healthy process.
I have said this many times (it is not my saying) – “Peace at any price is wrong and it is not true peace.”
I have also seen that too often we have folks who show “passiveness” coupled with “good intentions” and avoid the hard speaking up. It is understandable to be in that mode.
Also – because life is already filled with trials it feels like “some nerve” to confront or dare cause unrest.
However, there is a time to remain silent and there is a time to speak up. There is a time to forgive and there is a time where it is not a matter of forgiveness because the parties are not at that “let it settle” point. Maybe something needs to be clarified, confronted, or addressed.
Speaking up is sometimes part of a healthy life (but if you are the one who is always having a riff – well maybe something else is going on).
Okay, enough of that chat – but this is what was on my mind as I poured over some of my fence pictures.
And so my thoughts with each picture relates to society. If you are not in the mood to read, I invite you to just view the photos and let me know if you have a favorite fence from this series.
“So I jumped on the fence and-a yelled at the house
“Hey! What gives you the right?”
“To put up a fence to keep me out or to keep mother nature in.”
Here is another cold vibe fence, but also with a purpose:
Thanks for reading.
Do you have a favorite fence from this post?
I like 4, 2, and 7 as top ones….
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