Wednesday Vignette – let there be light

Is it just me, or did it feel like the past few weeks were just a long sequence of utter devastation? Starting with the bloodbath in Orlando – from there, it seemed to just snowball. Wherever you looked, there was trauma, tragedy and pain – here on the home turf, as well as around the globe.

Someone (I think it might have been another blogger) wrote that she’d spent a lot of time out with her ferns, of late. When I read that, I knew exactly what she meant. Being enveloped in the soothing, cooling green of a garden, restores ones tattered senses and repairs a shredded soul. I am so privileged to have even a small garden, in which to hide from the violence of the world. I’ve spent a lot of time out there lately, chomping away at one project after the other. One night, I was playing with lighting, and managed to get this photo.


Somehow it sums up exactly what I want to do, moving forward. I want to point my light onto what is beautiful in the world. Too many lights are highlighting the greedy, the ignorant and incompetent, the disturbed, the bizarre. (Yes, I’m talking to you too, RNC.) Instead, I would like the light to flood the already bright, the enchanted, the generous, the compassionate, and the kind. I’m not proposing that the ills of the world will go away if we ignore them – au contraire! I’m thinking if  instead we allow the good to outshine the bad, maybe – just maybe, at some point – it will push back the wave of darkness currently sweeping the world, and we can breath a little easier. Let there be light!

About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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19 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – let there be light

    • annamadeit says:

      Doesn’t it seem like all the violent reports just breed MORE violence? Copycat crimes, false entitlements (like Brexit) and fear (some real, but mostly imagined)? I honestly think media just make it worse…

  1. Mark and Gaz says:

    Strange times all over the world at the moment…

    Wish we grow manihot here, somehow it doesn’t do well in our garden. At least we have the ferns…

  2. FlowerAlley says:

    Well done…As usual.

  3. Alison says:

    I certainly hope the light will outshine the darkness in the world! I put together a WV post this week. It’s here:

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, me too. I also hope media takes a stance to abolish all the hysteria surrounding all these horrific events. It’s like they thrive on regurgitation – over and over and over again.

  4. annamadeit says:

    You and me both, Alison!

  5. Well said, and excellent photo

  6. I’ve been feeling much as the same and made oblique reference to that in my last IAVOM post but I agree that we do need a vibrant counterpoint to the soul-deadening events and discourse currently dominating the news. Thanks for shing your own light! My WV post focused on pretty stuff:

  7. Alan @ it's not work, it's gardening! says:

    If by “let there be light” you mean “let people think” (like a lightbulb over their head) then I agree!!

  8. Amen, Anna. I think the same. Hard to ignore all of it, you basically have to shut off the t.v. (which I should do anyhow) but to see the light in this world is to be a part of it, truly. Shine on, Oh Sparkly One xoxoxo

  9. hb says:

    You post lets a little in. 🙂

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