Before I get to this week’s photo challenge, I wanted to mention that I’ve just been nominated for Healthline’s Best Health Blogs of 2013 Award and I was wondering if you could please vote for my blog? Voting started a couple of weeks ago & my nomination was just posted so I am quite behind!
There are many amazing blogs included, so I doubt that I have much of a chance, but I truly appreciate your support and I am honored to even be grouped with the other blogs.
So, to vote: You can vote EVERY DAY until JAN. 20th. Voting is through Facebook or Twitter. Click here to VOTE: http://www.healthline.com/health/best-health-blogs-contest-id?id=714 — or — click on the “VOTE FOR ME” badge in the upper-right-hand corner of my blog.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
And now, on to the photos…
The Daily Post‘s Weekly Photo Challenge topic for this week is “Let There Be Light.” From the original post: “We’re entering a truly light-filled season. Christmas trees, Hanukkah menorahs, and Kwanzaa kinaras are spreading their glow in homes the world over (or are just about to), while main streets and public buildings are being prepared for the winter holidays with an explosion of bright decorations.
Take a look around you. Choose one of the light sources you see, and make it the focus of your challenge entry. It can be a dramatic chandelier or a pair of dying candles; the moon, a row of glaring lightbulbs in the parking lot, or a gaudy lava lamp stored in your attic: anything goes. The light doesn’t even have to be switched on: some lamps are just as fascinating for their shape as for the photons they emit.”
Sadly, shortly after I finished this post I learned of Nelson Mandela’s death earlier today (12/5/13). It is my hope that Mr. Mandela’s legacy will endure and that his life’s work, his leadership, and his compassion will continue to have a deep impact well beyond his years on this earth.
I will leave you with my photos and with a favorite quote that many believe was uttered by Mr. Mandela. While there is controversy about whether he ever spoke these words (written by Marianne Williamson in Return To Love), I think the sentiment so perfectly relates to my vision of how Mr. Mandela lived his life that I feel compelled to share it here regardless:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
The world lost an amazing source of light and life today.
Thank you for visiting my little corner of the world, for voting (if you choose to), and for bringing light into my life.
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