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Weekly Photo Challenge: Simple

Simple; what is Simple?

The iOS 5 in-built dictionary describes Simple as ‘easily understood or done; presenting no difficulty’.

For me, the most simplicity can be found in nature…

The simplicity of a sunset, but the profound beauty it can bring. If only economics could learn from mother nature.

A fan palm tree blowing in the wind; the sound made by the leaves as the wind blows through can only be heard to be appreciated.

A flower, it’s only purple. But man does it’s beauty shine through when the sunlight hits it just right.

…and, as if to be a culmination of the individual parts that make up the whole, this scene of the Thamalakane riverfront is reminiscent of an orchestra, a symphony divine to the senses, but definitive of the word simple because it is easily understood.


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful

Here is my entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge themed Peaceful.

What could be more peaceful than…

having a relaxing fishing session with your boys. Or…

a slow, relaxed boat cruise on the still waters of a majestic river such as the Boro. Or how about…

floating, alone but still at peace, along the wide open ‘River of Dreams’.

Peace can be defined as ‘freedom from disturbance’ and ‘quiet and tranquility’. Along the rivers of life, peace can be found; along the shores of the earths great rivers, peace prevails, as you relax and can hear nothing but the sound of flowing water, and can see nothing but the reflection of the heavens above in the crystal clear waters below. That, is my idea of peace.


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I’ll never forget you…

As the year 2011 draws to a close, we look back.

We look back at what the year was, and we remember what we thought it would be. We look back at what happened this year, as we remember what we hoped would happen. We look back at the opportunities that had come our way, those we grabbed and those we lost, and we compare those to what we had hoped for at the beginning of the year. We remember our loved ones, the times we cherised with them this year, the good times and the bad, the laughter and the tears. We share a quiet moment for the heartbrakes, those we wronged, inside we ask their forgivness, whilse the ones we made smile seem to neutralise that sad feeling. We look back on a year that we could say was just like any other year, the only difference being in ourselves we were a year older, and maybe a year wiser, and so was the earth and all that she holds. But, we also look back, in review, on the path we have chosen to take, and in analysis we wonder where it will lead us to next.

A path. Where does it lead to? For we know where we come from on this path, but we know not yet where it leads. The only way to find out, is to continue on...

We have born witness to where our path has taken us so far. We lived with the consequences or our wrong choices, but at the same time we rejoiced in the delight of our right decisions. And now, just like we have several times before, we stand at a crossroads, at a junction. For in this new year, in this transition, into our lives we will usher in a new chapter. One filled with hope that we may reach where our hearts desire, but with hearts that have proven time and again that they can take the batter of disappointment and mishap. And, as we have done so before, we will venture into the next chapter, we will be the authors of our pages, and we will arrive at a place like this in a years time, where we will look back once again, the only difference being that we will be a year older, and hopefully a year wiser.

Happy New Year, I wish you all the best for 2012.