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.

The Great Grandhild












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.

Christmas Present

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 ( and 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.


“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