Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

Make your own fireworks, Jaffa, Israel, April 2008, Canon PowerShot SD870 IS, Exposure 1/160 sec @ f3.5, ISO 200, no flash © Steven Crisp [Click on the photo to enlarge]

This photo comes from the Old Port City of Jaffa, just south of Tel Aviv, Israel. I was walking through the old alleyways, in amongst the shops, and I came upon this painting, unceremoniously hung on an outside wall.

Not for sale. Just for decoration.

Indeed, the shops had closed, and the painting remained open to the elements and to anyone's mischievous hands. What a wonderful gift.

I love all the colors, and imagine them, tonight especially, as my own personal fireworks display.
"Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can." -- Danny Kaye
I would also like to share with you this simple list I collected somewhere along one of the alleyways in my own life.

To me, it is like one of those quick-use guides to the game of life, meant to help those who have no patience for the thick instruction manual printed in so many languages, replete with warnings and alerts, when all we want is to start playing with our new gizmo.

Very well then. By all means. Let the games begin.

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Choose with no regret.
Continue to learn.
Appreciate your friends.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.

-- Mary Anne Roadacher-Hershey

It is my profound wish that each of you find peace and harmony during your journey into this Happy New Year!


Avantika said...

Its great to see your beautiful images again, and to read your blog posts.

The collection of things to practice this year pretty much encompasses everything on my list. Thank you!

Steven Crisp said...

Thank you, Avantika. It's good to have you back again.

Yes, I think it is a good list as well, and you can write it on the back of your hand, so you will always remember ;-)

But if you you don't have a permanent marker handy, and you can only remember one item, I think it is the first one: "Live with intention." Because, in the end, that one encompasses all the others.

Happy New Year!