Thursday, February 4, 2016

What Does The Word Mean? - Part V

The challenge goes on. The challenge to photograph "the solace, nourishment and underlying meaning of everyday words" using David Wythe's book, Consolations. We're now over halfway through the book and it seems to me that the words in the last half are harder to photograph.

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Although I find it difficult to ask for and accept help, there are times that I need someone to hold me up and support me through the tough times.

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There's a part of my heart where I can keep hidden things; secret delights and bits of joy that can be brought out when their comfort is needed. I found this little heart in the center of a plant, a Lamb's Ear.

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"The ability to speak the truth is as much the ability to describe what it is like to stand in trepidation at this door, as it is to actually go through it and become that beautifully honest spiritual warrior, equal to all circumstances, we would like to become."  ~ David Whyte

I stand at the door.
Do I open it?

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Joy is an inner feeling of rejoicing. True joy comes from above: from a God who desires that we find joy, happiness, peace, and purpose in Him.

"These things I have spoken to you,
that my joy may be in you,
and that your joy may be full."
John 15:11

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I rarely feel loneliness. When I do it is usually when I'm surrounded by others. I quietly stand alone with conversations, friendships, and good times circling around me. I am too shy and insecure to reach our and to participate. I wonder how many doors I've shut on friendships, encouragement, and inspiration because I keep to myself and lack the courage to join in with others

"Solitude is pleasant.
Loneliness is not."
~ Anna Neagle

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Written words
Spoken words
Photographed words

Which to you prefer?


  1. Such a fun class. Love the puddle of water and the interpretation.

  2. So lovely to see your images here again, Cathy and how the words resonate with you. Like Barbara, I do love that last puddle!

  3. Oh my goodness. I was so moved by each picture and also the truths you shared with us. Your pictures reveals the words so well.

  4. Another beautiful post, Cathy. I always enjoy and am touched by your interpretation of these words in photographs. "Joy" is exquisite and makes my heart sing!

  5. Your interpretations are wonderful - I enjoyed reading and looking to match word with photo. I love joy and loneliness especially.

  6. You are truly mastering the art of finding the meaning of these words in pictures! Each photo was lovely in its own right but add me to the list who swooned when I saw that puddle photo.

  7. an interesting question you posed to us...i would not be able to choose between the 3. your images are perfect for the prompts, i especially loved help and loneliness...but all are beautiful!!!

  8. This is so nice! The flowers is so unique and beautiful. I love the ripple effect too. The words you chose are perfect. :)


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