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Photographs; & questions you wouldn't think to ask yourself…



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Sometimes it seems as though we can hardly keep our heads above water, then struggle one more time to reach the surface and find ourselves exhausted. We may have struggled toward the surface from fear of the unknown or a possibly dangerous world below us.  We may avoid the water altogether and continually fly above the surface finding ourselves reveling in the magnificence of free flight. These reasons for fearing or rejoicing in an underwater or above water experience represent extremes, extremes that bring strong positive or negative feelings up front and center in our minds. While extremes of feelings can be helpful in the short-run when we face short-term positive or negative circumstances, they are a detriment if allowed to continue indefinitely. It might be of some value to learn to float – hanging comfortably between the deep sea and the light air and be able to enjoy them both. While floating our powers of observation re-emerge and we can take pleasure in our surroundings and learning about them. When we become too busy or involved in our own small portion of life that we cannot observe the rest of life around us we may begin to sink again to the depths of inconsequence and ignorance. When we become so ecstatic or joyful that we ignore the rest of life around us we may float above the surface of daily life with the same result. Once we’ve learned to accept that there are depths to which we may sink and heights to which may rise we can choose our place to float between them. One wouldn’t want to live completely without extremes, but it’s much more comfortable to find our floating place and know that after the joys and sorrows we can return there. For in the place you choose to float you’ll find your sense of the permanence of some things, your expectations about people and events is not jarred, and your life is on an even keel until the next sinking or flying occurrence. Wouldn’t you rather find a floating place than see-saw from high to low endlessly?


Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

2 thoughts on “Afloat

  1. I find that floating in warm water dissipates the fears that have been locked inside the body. I wondered what that nagging pain in my side was all about…!

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