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Abrupt

via Daily Prompt: Abrupt

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Abrupt and welcome. A day of alternating sun and cloud as autumn rolls on, and suddenly, this simple but joyous moment (a day of joys in fact) of light play. I love the subtle tinge of light and colour.

Perhaps a metaphor for life itself. A journey of alternating sun and cloud, the beauty of light and colour counterposed with dark, but also greys. As the cliche goes, life is never black and white. Instead it is a shifting pallette. And the grey? – a reminder of the blend or blur, telling us that perception, imperfection, missing the mark, are actually the rough and tumble of life, but yet there is still the light play. We shine in spite of our own self-view, we shine in spite of the clouds – or rather, because of them, we shine even when others cannot see us. Without the clouds of life we might not shine so well. The dark clouds provide opportunity for depth of colour. In our case, life’s trials are the canvass of courage and purpose, our colour shining through.

Noted photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank said:ย “The eye should learn to listen before it looks.”

Paul

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Life Isn’t Black And White!

via Daily Prompt: Silhouette

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Locomotive tender, part of the Gwalia Museum, makes a classic silhouette against the light. We could talk about the merits of silhouettes, or the creativity of black and white photographs. But I’m drawn to the grey.

There’s talk everywhere about colouring within lines, following numbers, obeying laws, sticking to the unwritten rules we all “know”, doing it right, being a “good” citizen. Rules and laws are black and white, literally – print on paper or, as folk lore, mores, they are etched in the community psyche, but one needs discernment to navigate life, one needs to appreciate and savour, even learn to trust the grey. The movie Inception illustrates this perfectly as it has no heroes or villains, each character has to deal with their own subconscious, and their own shaddow. Inception is an abstraction of what real life is actually like, but we all take moral positions and justify them, black and white, but the reality is life is beyond our controls and manys the time our rules don’t fit, don’t work, and we have to find another way through.

Life is a series of relational encounters where we flex and compromise and move, sometimes in a direction we’d never thought we would or could go. A bit like dancing. In this dance of life I live by two main principles, loving my neighbour as myself, and doing no harm, I’m not perfect, but these two principles even roughly applied help me navigate the stultifying black and white and live into the grey of reality. Grey is relational, affective, heart over mind. Black and white are sharp polarities, divided, forceful, demanding. Grey is softer, warmer, blended, forgiving, neutral, open.

I like my silhouette, but it is softened by the grey. Live into and appreciate the grey.

Paul,

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