Posts Tagged ‘Happiness’

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge asks us to provide a photo of something new.

Photos of a baby are the prototypical answer to any request for a representation of “new.” My family has been fortunate enough to have several children born recently and not surprisingly I have been taking more than a few pictures of them. I initially resisted using a photo of a baby for this challenge for fear of being trite. However, in thinking about a photo of mine that demonstrates “Possibility. Opportunity. Potential.” (as mentioned in the challenge), I realized that one of my pictures did that in a way that wasn’t just the typical cute baby photo. This photo is of my recently passed father-in-law and one of his great-grandchildren. As my father-in-law holds his great-grandchild’s hand and looks intently at his happy face, I see him looking into the past and future. His loving 91-year-old eyes and small smile show that he is content both with his life and with the promise of the child and of potential he embodies.

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The Weekly Photo Challenge – Joy is a good one given the season. Here we have restrained joy — the kind that requires concentration and precedes delight.

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I have hope it is not inappropriate for me to add that I submitted two photos to Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge that embody more of a feeling of unrestrained joy. If you would like to see these I am including links to those pages (http://wp.me/p3bN4o-3IN and http://wp.me/p3bN4o-3Io). If the links do not work, please visit my blog. The photos were published on December 22nd and 24th.

Playing with your little cousin is pure happiness.

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“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” ~ Dalai Lama

This photo of the joy of a child dancing with a box is my entry in Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Happiness. The image is of one of my great nieces. I took this at the 90th birthday celebration of her great-grandfather. She had happened upon one of the birthday decorations – a small bag – and began to dance with it abandoning herself to the joy of the moment. Martha Graham, who has often been referred to as the mother of modern dance said: “Dance is the hidden language of the soul” and I think that was the case here.

Happiness - January 19, 2013 - 87