March 2017 Photo Challenge – Day 2 A Corner

We often don't think about the corners of our homes or the corners in our lives. The photo challenge was to take a picture of a corner, so I did just that.

We often don’t think about the corners of our homes or the corners in our lives. The photo challenge was to take a picture of a corner, so I did just that.

Let's not take another day to reach out to those we love.  You never know if you will have another day to share a laugh again.

I thought of a few corners in my house and consequently I found there are corners with rocking chairs and aloe vera and corners with doll houses.  There are corners with pillows and corners with books.  I hadn’t paid attention to how many corners in my house have chairs.  When thinking about what corner I should take a picture of, consequently I thought this corner the best for a photograph.   Even though I do not use it much it still has some memories to it.

When I look at this photo it reminds me of a poem found at allpoetry.com. After I found this poem, it brought memories and tugged on my heart. The poem is called Around The Corner written by Charles Hanson Towne.   It seems like a clock, some flowers and a chair are calling for a long lost friend to sit.

Here’s the poem:

Around The Corner

Around the corner I have a friend,
In this great city that has no end,
Yet the days go by and weeks rush on,
And before I know it, a year is gone.
And I never see my old friends face,
For life is a swift and terrible race,
He knows I like him just as well,
As in the days when I rang his bell.
And he rang mine but we were younger then,
And now we are busy, tired men.
Tired of playing a foolish game,
Tired of trying to make a name.
“Tomorrow” I say! “I will call on Jim

Just to show that I’m thinking of him”,
But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes,
And distance between us grows and grows.

Around the corner, yet miles away,
“Here’s a telegram sir,” “Jim died today.”
And that’s what we get and deserve in the end.
Around the corner, a vanished friend.

Let’s not take another day to reach out to those we love.  You never know if you will have another day to share a laugh again.

What Inspires You?

What Inspires You

When asked the question “What Inspires You?” I didn’t know what to say at first.  There are many things that inspire me but these things inspire me the most.

What Inspires You

What Inspires You?

When I was a kid I loved to read.  I would read for hours on end enjoying every adventure I read about.  I could sail the sea in The Wanderer.  I could talk to the Big Friendly Giant in The BFG.  I could even fight alongside the animals in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.  I loved books.  I just couldn’t get enough!  I even remember being an avid Harry Potter fan once.

Along with reading books, I loved reading inspirational quotes.  My favorite quote of all time is.

“If you hear a voice withing you say ‘you cannot paint’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” -Vincent van Gogh

I related to this quote on a daily basis.  Something in me would always say you can’t do this or that.  Remembering that quote got me through test anxiety, piano performances, dancing, art, you name it.  Anything I ever accomplished I always thought I couldn’t.  Then I did.

There is something funny about the human nature.  We battle ourselves everyday.  I recognized this battle early on and that is probably why I was drawn to inspirational quotes so much.

When asked the question “What inspires you?” I couldn’t stop at one thing.  Although inspirational quotes sometimes keep me going, there are other things that inspire me as well.

We are encouraged to read our scriptures in the church and this is something I also loved doing early on.  I remember in high school I would take my scriptures to computer class  to read if I got done with my assignments early.  The teacher didn’t mind what we did as long as our assignments were done.  I craved the scriptures; especially the New Testament.  Reading them at night sometimes just wasn’t enough.  Sometimes reading them all day wasn’t enough.  I wanted to learn more and feel the spirit and because of this I recognized the difference between peace and no peace.

Along with scripture study came studying the prophets of the church and later on I studied other world leaders that have the Light of Christ.  When I am asked “What Inspires You?” I may also say peace leaders.

Peace Leaders are inspirational people that long for peace.  The Buddha is one of them.  I love what I can learn from them.  They are definitely wise and full of love.

Those 3 things are inspirational to me: Quotes, Scriptures, and Peace Leaders.  That’s how I can keep the Spirit with me which is my number one inspiration.  Without the Spirit I can’t accomplish much.

Now that I have answered my question to you is: What inspires you?