Thursday, January 03, 2019

Behold the beauty in this world

Beautiful Graffiti, Waikiki, HI, December 2014, iPhone 6, 29mm, 1/60 sec @ f2.2, ISO 40, 0 EV, no flash © Steven Crisp

Can you imagine stumbling upon this graffiti while roaming around town?

The buildings in this area were generally decrepit, and yet someone created and shared with everyone this amazing artwork, painted on the corner of a building!

Simply amazing!  Beauty can be found anywhere one looks closely enough.
Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.
And perhaps more importantly ... what are you doing today or tomorrow to make this world a more beautiful place?

The world is not waiting for someone to heal it.   It is only through the power of our own intention, that we will mend what is broken, that we will shine our light and illuminate the beauty for all to see.
What you are, the world is. And without your transformation, there can be no transformation of the world.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

What makes a house a home?

Family Cookie Jars, Amherst, NH, June 2016, iPhone 5s, back camera, 
29mm, 1/64 sec @ f2.2, ISO 32, 0 EV, with flash © Steven Crisp

So what does make your house into a home?  Is it the size of it?  Its grandeur?  The number of bathrooms?

How abut the amount of stuff with which you can fill it?  I'll have to ask you to trust me on this one, but that's not it ;-)

I've come to realize that less can really be more.  A few special possessions in an otherwise light, open, and airy space.

And what if we really prioritized simplicity and aesthetics over size.

Maybe emphasized minimalism and affordability over life energy expenditures.

Maybe thought about getting down with the Joneses, rather than keeping up!

Well to that end, I commend to you this Top 5 video of my favorite Tiny House blogger:

And even if none of those tiny homes resonate with you, I'd recommend you check out his channel.

He does a great job showing eclectic and novel structures, and there are ideas buried inside each home.

Think about how much benefit can come from thinking small rather than going big.

And think about the financial freedom that would provide.

Enjoy the exploration!  It's a big, bright  ... tiny house ... world out there!

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

It's time to smile, isn't it?

Sunrise Sky and Reflection, Tucker Pond, Salisbury, NH, July 2017, 
Nikon D600 with FX 16-35mm VR lens,16mm, 1/640 sec @ f10, ISO 125, -0.67 EV, no flash © Steven Crisp 

"The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you.  Don't go back to sleep!
You must ask for what you really want.  Don't go back to sleep!
People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.  Don't go back to sleep!"  ― Rumi

Dear friends,

I can think of no better way to kick-start the new year.

Please take time to celebrate the fact that you are alive ... Today ...  At this very moment.

Savor, savor, savor ... and smile ;-)

Will you make a date to watch the sunrise?

I can think of no better way to welcome in each new day!

And afterwards, perhaps, you will watch this:

The video is a wonderful overlay to his words of wisdom.

And it is short.  Short enough to ... watch ... every ... single ... day.

You are awake.  And you are alive!  Please smile, and just become present.  Become aware!

And then be joyful!  Namaste