Tuesday, October 1, 2013

PHC: Where are you now? Where are you going?

September 2013 . The start of a new routine, the start of a new phase in my life. . . . 
Where am I now?
I am standing in a covered bridge outside Cottage Grove, Oregon. The smell of wet wood and damp earth comforts me; gentle light streams in from the side; soft, organic colors and strong sturdy lines surround me.
I am standing as a 50-something woman who has seen her oldest child off to college . . . no longer a boy, not quite a man; a professor with a pile of articles to write this academic year; a wife with a husband who is a cancer survivor still undergoing maintenance chemo; an artist armed with her camera and a paintbrush.
Where am I going?
I see a bright light at the end of the tunnel, softened a bit by greenery and mist.  I see a new routine beginning at home. More time to focus on raising our girl; more time to focus on getting back into shape. Time to recognize and appreciate the changes offered in the cycle of life.  Time to embrace the new season. 
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Kat Sloma's Photo Heart Connection encourages photographers to review their images each month; to choose the one which makes the strongest connection to their heart and soul; and then to write about the image. I'm sharing mine today (please click on the image to see it larger and in more detail). You can see other photographer's images at this link.

27 comments:

AnnieC said...

This is a really powerful image Rinda and such thoughtful words to go with it - thanks for an uplifting start to my day! :o)

helena said...

feeling very uplifted this morning after reading your words with your wonderful image

Lesley G said...

Wow! Good luck :)

alexa said...

Beautifully written, Rinda - and such a lot in your life with which to work and to be creative. Wishing lots of good things for you in this next phase of your life.

bluebirdslivinginthemeadow said...

a very honest and soulful post...i wish you well on your daily journeys, rinda...

Sian said...

Good thoughts for embarking on a new journey..

Ladkyis said...

Beautiful picture, thought provoking words. You have this way of making me see things differently. Thank you

Deb @ Paper Turtle said...

This is really beautiful, Rinda! xo

Sandie said...

That is beautifully written Rinda, with powerful connections. Wishing you good 'every things' in this next phase of your lives.

seabluelee said...

This is a wonderful image for Photo-Heart Connection. I love the "light at the end of the tunnel" - and that it's not blinding, but reveals a bit of what's to come. I have a feeling your new season will be a fruitful one.

scrappyjacky said...

Great photo...and so apt for your post.Good luck.

Jennie said...

This is so beautiful Rinda - bothe the photo and the words - for me especially the words - very thoughtful - wishing so well as you make this transition in your life. J xx

BJ said...

Lovely thoughts Rinda and I love those bridges, we don't get them here but seen loads on TV. BJ

gina said...

Your image is such a lovely pairing for your reflections on what's next. It's good to embrace the changes that life brings and see the future full of light. Wishing you the best in your transition.

Deborah Tisch said...

I love the way you composed your photo, finding inspiration in that light. Blessings to you on your journey!

Karen said...

The photo is just perfect for your heartfelt and powerful journaling! Thanks for sharing.

Prairie Jill said...

Beautiful image, and perfectly suited to your vision of the light.

Miriam said...

Absolutely beautiful Rinda, words and picture straight from your heart.

Missus Wookie said...

I like the gentle green light - full of growth and possibilities. Wonderful words and image. Hope everyone enjoys this new season.

Becky said...

Lovely writing and a great image to go with it. Good luck with this new cycle of life.

Irene said...

Your words touched my heart Dear Cousin. Peace be with you always.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Very well said! I love the photo!

~*~Patty S said...

beautifully illustrated and written dear Rinda...moving forward ♥
oxo

Carolyn Phillips said...

Beautiful, transitional, challenging. Thank you for sharing your heart.

Susan said...

Sounds like you have a lot of sorting out to do-with deep cleansing breaths...to walk slowly down this covered bridge and try to figure it out, if you can, if anyone ever can.
THis photo matches perfectly this time of change you are facing. Be good to you.

Alison said...

Perfect post, Rinda
Alison xx

Gail said...

What wonderful words to go with a great picture.