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January 2013 Photo a Day…Mine!

Day6. Mine: Take a photo of something that’s yours. Perhaps it’s a thing, something you’re proud of or a person you call ‘yours’.

These girls are MINE! They are my lifetime friends…We have been together for years…some more than others...I am so blessed to call them MINE!

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What do you call…Mine? Join the challenge by sharing your photo…don’t forget to tag your post with “January Photo A Day 2013″ tag so I can share your posts.  Cheers!

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What do the prompts mean?

There are no rules when playing along with photo a day, you can be creative as you like! Interpret the prompt as you please. For those that need a little help, some more suggested details about each prompt are below.
7. Street: Take a photo of a streetscape.
8. Something beginning with ‘T’: Take a photo of something today starting with the letter ‘T’.
9. Paper: Take a photo of something made from paper. Perhaps it’s someone reading the newspaper, or it could be wrapping paper. Think outside the square.
10. One o’clock: Take a photo of whatever you’re doing in the hour between one and two. It could be in the middle of the night {you party animal, you!} or during the day.
11. Water: Perhaps it’s the beach, a river, water in a glass, the bath {keep it PG!} or even the rain.
12. Surprise: I love when I stumble across coins when I’m walking. It’s a lovely surprise. That would be a lucky photo for me. Can you think of a way to capture surprise?
13. Circle: Look as you go about today for things shaped in circles. Is it the tyres on a bus? A big sign? Or something else?
14. Something yellow: Find something yellow in your travels today and take a photo.
15. An ordinary moment: Choose an ordinary moment and capture it. Is it you grabbing your daily coffee? Or playing with the kids? Or something that you do often and consider it as kinda ordinary?
16. Two things: Look for things in pairs today. Is it a lovely old couple that you see from behind? Or the salt and pepper shakers sitting on the bench? Find two things and take a photo.
17. Ready: Is it a photo of your dinner being ready? Or you ready to catch the bus? Or something else. It’s a toughy – but it will get your mind thinking!
18. Shadow: Find a shadow and shoot it. It could be your own, or a shadow of something else. Shadows look great with a black and white filter over the top {just sayin!}.
19. Delicious: What’s delicious to you? Is it the chubby cheeks of your toddler, the hunk at the gym or a cake you plan on eating for afternoon tea?
20. Something you saw: Go about your day with eyes wide open and take a photo of something you saw.
21. What you do: Do you go to school? Train elephants at the circus? Write at home? Play mum to your kids? Act as CEO to a big business? Paint in your spare time? Dance when no one is looking? Take a photo of what you do {something that makes you ‘you’} and share it.
22. Corner: It could be a sharp corner of a building, a corner of an artwork, a corner of your home or something else. Corners are everywhere. Shoot one.
23. Electric: This could be a simple photo of your toaster {but get creative} or something else electric.
24. Stripes: Look for stripes in your everyday. They could be in the zebra crossing on the road, or in your outfit or somewhere else.
25. Landscape: Step back and take a photo of a landscape near you. Or even take a little trip just for the photo. Would be nice to explore your town for a beautiful photo.
26. Together: There are many definitions for together. One is: In or into a single group, mass, or place. Take a photo of together, whichever definition you’d like to use.
27. Sun: Whether the sun is out in full force, or hiding behind the clouds today – take a photo of it. Or you could get creative and take a photo of sunlight or some other interpretation.
28. Through: Take a photo of looking through something – through the window, through the gate, through the trees… whatever you please.
29. Grow: People do it, plants do it too… get creative and take a photo of something that grows.
30. Down: Is it looking down or something that makes you feel down? Interpret it however you like.
31. Yourself: Take a photo of yourself. Or something that represents you.

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Friendship is Unneccessary…

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”

Friendship…is a two-way street!  It takes two people to form a friendship.  There are a handful of things that transform a mere acquaintance into a friend…there are a few more things that elevate a friend to a best friend. 

An acquaintance is someone who you have some knowledge of and they of you…this relationship is less intimate than friendship…Typically a relationship with an acquaintance is based on business relationships, social commitments, mutual friends or family members.  The relationship with an acquaintance can grow into friendship if there is mutual effort expended by both parties. 

Friendship is the next level in a relationship…Friends desire what is best for one another.  They have sympathy and empathy for one another.  Friends are honest in situations where it would be difficult for others to speak the truth.  There is mutual understanding and compassion which allows friends to go to each other for emotional support.  Friends enjoy each others company no matter the circumstances. 

Best Friends are a whole different level… best friends trust one another with the junk going on in their lives.  A best friend is someone who reciprocates…there is equal give and take…a best friend relationship isn’t made up of one taker and one giver…although at times one may take more than they give they will in time give more than they take.  A best friend allows you to be yourself, express your feelings and make mistakes without fear of judgement.

“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.”

When you pour yourself into developing friendships your life is infused with the experiences of the other person…maybe they have traveled to places you have only dreamed of and enjoyed culinary delights from the far corners of the earth.  Maybe they are wild and care free or deep thoughtful thinkers.  Maybe there is a characteristic you see in them that you desire for yourself…maybe just maybe they are a looking-glass that shows you what life looks like without actually having to cross the fence to what appears to be greener pastures.  Friendships offer you the opportunity to live life vicariously. 

Even after pouring yourself into growing a friendship there is no guarantee that the friendship will last…It is best to remember that God has planned for lots of people to be in your life for a moment,  fewer people to be in your life for a season and even fewer will bless you for a lifetime, theirs or yours. No matter how long a friendship lasts it is worth the effort.  Every friend adds depth, color, texture and flavor to your life. 

Life is meant to be experienced one friendship at a time! 

Ecclesiastes 4:9–12
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

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People…need people!

Our lives are filled with relationships.  We are relational beings.  People…need people!  There are many types of relationships; family, business and friendships.  Each relationship requires time and attention, listening and caring as well as giving and receiving.  Some relationships are easier to maintain than others.  Relationships that lack balance also typically lack longevity. 

People...need people! Sisters

Recently I met a new blogger who was struggling with the end of friendship.  Her thoughts started me thinking about just how much effort goes into making friends, growing the friendship and maintaining the friendship.  I have seen my share of friendships end and some without so much as a goodbye.  I have been left wondering…what just happened?  I have come to realize that not every person that comes into my life is here forever. 

Then this afternoon I opened my inbox and this little gem was waiting for me…perfect timing!

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.  When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that Person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.  They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support,  To aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.

They may seem like a godsend and they are.

People...need people! Girlfriends!

They are there for the reason you need them to be.  Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, This person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an End.  Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.  Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done.

The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

People...need people! Bible Study Group

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has Come to share, grow or learn.  They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.  They may teach you something you have never done.  They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.  Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons,  things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation..your job is to accept the lesson, love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.  It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

People...need people! Lifetime Friendships!

Thank you for being a part of my life,  Whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime.

Angels exist, only sometimes they haven’t got wings and we call them
Friends; you are one of them.

“when everything is said and done, the human heart is never healed by
power or by authority or by ideals, or by rules or discipline, but
only by the presence of other human beings who know how to understand
human pain. Anthony Padovano

People...need people! Traveling Companions

 

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january reflection…friendships are like cupcakes…

This post is almost exclusively from the 2011 inspirational wall calendar hanging in my office.  I always choose my yearly wall calendar based on the pictures.  In years past I have I had calendars that featured adorable puppies, beautiful landscapes and this past year I ordered a custom calendar filled with pictures from one of our favorite family vacations.  This year’s calendar features comfort food…desserts…and as a bonus they have included a few of the recipes.  The creators of the calendar have wrapped it all up with a pretty bow by reflecting on life as a sweet journey. 

my friends are like an assorted box of cupcakes

…be generous with love and friendship, for the return will make life all the sweeter.

With every friend comes a different kind of friendship.  Some are characterized by the laughter that always seems to bubble to the surface no matter what you’re doing.  The silly memories that emerge are priceless.  Some friendships feel like comfort food, infused with the kind of warmth you can’t put into words but are keenly aware that your soul needs.  Then there are the friendships that take root on many levels, through common interests, a kindred spirit, a similar sense of humor, and a trust born instantly by the reflection of yourself you see in the other. 

No matter how many friendships our hearts hold, God has created us with the capacity to receive more.  Some we’re given to enjoy for a season, some for years, and some for a lifetime-but each one becomes a part of our unfolding story.  And God knows what is just right for us.  The friends we need at the moment we need them…the wisdom, strength and joy we have to offer…the times when we have little more to give than a smile and a hug.  Each and every kindness, whether given or received, is a fragment of His beautiful purpose. 

Friendship is like the perfect confection from God- sweet and satisfying with a wonderful way of making us feel special every day.  It truly is a cupcake for the soul…so whenever one is presented to you, let your heart reply with an enthusiastic, Yes, please!”

 

 

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2010 blogging review…I am not a statistic but I might be a cake

Blogging Year…01
Total Blogging Time… 10 months
Blogs …2
Posts…this one makes 101
Drafts…15
Comments…131
Total Views to date…  3038
My best day… 63 views
My best month… 552 views

You are probably wondering why am I sharing my meager stats with you? It is because I have been obsessed with my stats and  I am trying to overcome my obsession.  If I cannot overcome the constant need to check my stats I am going to have to admit a few things about myself that I am really hoping aren’t true.

Stats don’t make you a good writer or blogger just like money doesn’t make you a better person.  Yes, stats and money can give you status but  when it comes right down to it they are just numbers.  In the beginning they meant everything to me.  Yes both money and stats.  But for today’s post I am focusing on my blogging stats.  Anyway, in the beginning my blog stats were how I was gauging myself as a blogger.  Sad but true!

I would be telling you less than the truth if  I said that I have gotten over the whole stats thing.  But I do think there is more to this than just checking the numbers. It’s about the need to be accepted even if it is by people I don’t know. 

Although I love it when someone leaves a comment and a little word of encouragement that begins to form a cyber friendship I realize that those are few and far between just like true friends.  I am taking that to heart!

I admit I don’t comment on every blog I read.  There are various reasons but generally it’s because the post just didn’t resonate with me.  Which is what I guess is the case with those of you who pop in here and take a look around and leave without so much as a word.  I get it! 

As I have been trying to work all of this out, good or bad, this is what I have come up with. 

My blog is the recipe of my life, my thoughts are the ingredients, my posts are the layers and your comments are the frosting on the cake.  However,  I am not that keen on most frosting.  It has to be a really exceptional frosting for me to get excited.  But, I do LOVE cake!!!  I love everything about cake.   I love searching for the recipe and gathering the ingredients.  I love to measure, whisk, melt, cream, mix, pour and bake the cake.  I love to eat Cake!!!  When I make a cake or a meal for that matter I usually share it with a few special people.  People who appreciate the time and effort it took to create the special something. 

These are the same reasons I love blogging.  My blog is about the things that make up the story of my life.  My blog posts are the inspiration that comes from the people and the things that are part of my life.  My hopes are to build a few cyber friendships, encourage and inspire a few people and continue to grow as a wife, a mother, a friend a writer and a blogger.

I think I finally get it…I am not a statistic…but I might be a cake!

After assessing my statistics on my own, WordPress sent me their review of my Blog for 2010.  I was encouraged!

I am linking up with Mega Monday-Sunday Blog Hop!

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