Saturday 1464 – 7th July 2012.
Today has been all about gardening, rain, watching Wimbledon and thinking about being left behind..(some questions for you at the end 🙂 )
It started well with glorious sunshine and out I went to my garden to try to do some much-needed work in it. I’m lucky in that I have a very long garden that backs onto fields at the edge of a village but it requires work !! It’s been so wet these past weeks that it’s been hard to get anything done except harvest strawberries, raspberries and now blueberries.. yum!
By lunchtime clouds had gathered and then this..
torrential rain.. yes the white stripes are rain!
Naturally me being me I went indoors to grab my camera and out to the door of the garage to take the photo above and to the front door to take the photo below which shows the force of the water on the top of my car.
So sharing rain aside and an enjoyable afternoon watching tennis that’s not what I really want to write about today.
I want to write about separation or rather feeling separated out from the world. Sometimes I feel very much as though I don’t fit in with the world of today which I often find too fast, confusing and orientated towards selfishness and greed. Don’t get me wrong I can be as selfish and greedy as the next person but I don’t rate these as being good qualities.
Do you ever feel as though the world is moving too fast and that you’d prefer to be left behind and not move with it? As though the emphasis is on ALL the wrong things ?
For many, many years a mantra of mine has been that life should not be about collecting possessions but should be about the quality of the relationships we have with people. ( I’d be surprised if I haven’t said that somewhere before on this blog! ) By that I mean all relationships not just those with family or friends but with the local shopkeeper, your work colleagues, neighbours, the man on the train, those fleeting smiles or words with strangers. I think all these interactions whether short or long inform who we are and the impact we have on the world and the people in it.
So if I believe that why am I thinking about separateness? Unfortunately it seems to me that even though on a macro level we are more joined together than ever by technology like the internet, mobile phones etc we are also separated by it on a micro level. How many households do you know where the family don’t even eat together anymore ? instead eating at separate times in separate rooms in front of televisions, each in their own cocoon of technology escaping from the pressures of surviving in this fast-moving world.
A dichotomy for me as I enjoy my computer with the freedom to engage it gives me and yet I often shy away from technological advances ( my mobile phone came out of the ark and neither sings nor dances!) and don’t have TV – the opium of the masses; preferring a more simple life.
That Love is all there is,
Is all we know of Love;
It is enough, the freight should be
Proportioned to the groove
I would like the world to slow down and take a breath and feel more love for humankind and less for obtaining things ( well I am an aging hippie!) .
Is anyone else with me on this ?? I’d be glad to hear your thoughts.
The Sculpture photograph and cartoon are taken from this Facebook page Art and Freedom which I recommend to you
That’s all for today Saturday girl signing off .. see you next week and who knows what I’ll have for you then..
I also have a daily photography blog called Helen’s Photomania which you can find here I hope you’ll pop over and take a look if you haven’t already.