Wednesday Vignette – new beginnings

This is a big week with lots of milestones. Not just in terms of our earthly rotation – as the end of fall almost unnoticeably glides into winter – but also worldly events on the national, political arena, the beginning of winter break, the breaking up and dispersal of friends, and the challenge of so many new unknowns, looming on the horizon. And, so many other smaller moving pieces that somehow need to fall into place somewhere – to fit into the grand plan… For all the shifts, turns, and existential wiggles, there seems to be a certain sense of calm out there – an odd sense of quiet purpose. Rarely in my life have I been more frustrated with the collective world around me. And yet, there is that Thing – that feeling that now is the time. Time to focus, time to straighten up, time to get my shit together, time to display some steely determination.

The photo is from my stay in Sweden last winter. It’s actually a color photograph, even though it hardly appears that way. It quite beautifully represents this aura of anticipation – come what may. And although the colors are in there, they are barely perceptible in the cold light of a winter afternoon. Rest assured, the colors are there, and will return – just as the collective souls of a sucker-punched nation will eventually rise, brush off the humiliation, and mobilize for change. I and everyone else, will have to focus on that life-giving light, and seek inspiration in its colors. Every color know to man and beast coexist peacefully in that ball of incandescent gas. Let’s mirror that grace down here below, too. Do it! Focus on that light. If together we do, winter will eventually turn to spring again.

Restenäs

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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28 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – new beginnings

  1. Excellent combination of photo and message

  2. Thanks for the encouragement. I needed it.

  3. Peter Herpst says:

    In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree;
    In cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!
    In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be,
    Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

    There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody;
    There’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me.
    From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery,
    Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

    Thanks for the reminder to hold on to hope at this darkest time of the year.

  4. Kris P says:

    Your post echoes the feelings local friends and I have exchanged. There’s a movement out there – I can feel it! Here’s my WV: https://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2016/12/wednesday-vignette-moss.html

  5. Alison says:

    That’s a great photo, very chiaroscuro (that’s a fancy word). I sure hope you’re right about the collective souls rising up and getting their shit together. Happy Winter Solstice! I prefer to focus on this day being when the daylight starts getting longer and not that it’s the official start of winter. My WV is here: http://bonneylassie.blogspot.com/2016/12/wednesday-vignette_21.html

  6. rickii says:

    A much-nmeeded rallying cry to accompany a fabulous photo. Keep the faith!

  7. I hardly feel right leaving my silly WV link after such a thoughtful photo and meaningful words…

    http://www.thedangergarden.com/2016/12/wednesday-vignette-weve-all-had-days.html

  8. hb says:

    All the above comments express my thoughts better than I can.

    I will just add, thank you for a beautiful photo and wise thoughts.

  9. Evan Bean says:

    I always find new strength when the pressure is greatest, and I imagine other people, and movements, are the same. Just as we are experiencing the backlash from others at having our first black president, so, too, will we produce our own backlash against the nightmare we are about to face. You’ve expressed some of my own feelings, and much more eloquently than I could. I found myself this week with a new, quiet drive.

    Here’s my post. Some of that color you mentioned returning. http://practicalplantgeek.blogspot.com/2016/12/wednesday-vignette-happy-solstice.html

    • annamadeit says:

      So envious you have a Jelena… They are so gorgeous! Tried to comment both on your post, and on Alison’s comment on your post, but it didn’t let me do either, so I’ll put it here instead: My sentiments exactly, Alison. I’m putting my last bit of hope on that those clowns will at least be put through a real wringer and having to earn their confirmation, but good grief… I have to admit that I only have a tiny shred of hope left. Are there ANY real, courageous, thinking heroes left in Washington? I have my doubts.

  10. Tina says:

    Sqared shoulders and a resolute determination to resist and endure…and change. Yes we can.

  11. Chloris says:

    Lovely photos, lovely thoughts. I agree about the winter solstice which has always been important to man right back into the the mists of time. Welcoming back the sun which appeared to be dying was always a time for renewed hope.

  12. Every house of cards will crumple. I just keep telling myself that. Focus on the positive has been so meaningful as it is now.

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