Saturday, January 29, 2011

Day 29: Seeds of Vulnerability

Spreading Seeds, Amherst, NH, September 2007,
Canon PowerShot SD870 IS, focal length 4.6mm, Exposure 1/60 sec @ f2.8, ISO 200, no flash, 
 © Steven Crisp [Click on the photo to enlarge]

I like the metaphor of spreading seeds.   Maybe because I enjoyed the childhood tales of Johnny Appleseed, planting apple trees over the countryside.

To me any new thought, or spark of insight, is a seed.

If the conditions are right (mind being receptive), it might take root.

Then, with continued watering (reflection, contemplation), it might form a new behavior.

And finally, with the requisite cultivation and pruning (alignment with one's principles, or in some cases, resetting a paradigm), it can change a person's life.

And if that happens for one person, then perhaps another, and so on.

Frankly, it's the only way we grow and evolve.

Hopefully for the betterment of humanity.

So with that as the context, here's another TED talk I think you might like (see below), that I found on the Rowdy Kittens web-site.

It's about "vulnerability" -- a mushy, squishy, jello-on-the-wall sort of topic.  But Dr. Bren√© Brown does a great job, I think, in planting some seeds.

So when you have 20 quiet minutes to watch and reflect, I believe it will be worth your time.

  • Donation:  to purchase Graphic Converter 7, a program I use to determine the photo parameters in my captions.  Now I know you might say that's not really a "donation", but since I could use the program for free, I feel this still meets the intent of my "giving" resolution.
  • Exercise:  Walk with Frito and Carol (30 mins).


Boswell said...

Thanks for posting such inspiring talks! Its so nice to be presented with these since I currently don't have the time to peruse the Ted Talks site. I was feeling particularly vulnerable this week and so this was perfect for me to reflect upon!!

Steven Crisp said...

Glad you liked it Boswell.

So sound pretty introspective, for a dog ;-)

I enjoyed it greatly as well.