Thursday, November 8, 2012

The lines we draw . . .



The prompt this week over at Bonnie's Photo Art Friday is lines . . . obvious lines.

And I started thinking about lines . . . the obvious lines we draw in the sand so to speak,
and the ones we draw with artistic expression, and with love.


 The first one has to do with boundaries, which ironically don't necessarily just keep others out. 
Sometimes those lines we draw, restrict ourselves, like blinders. You know, like the ones they put on mules, and horses to keep out the rest of the world. But that can make for a very lonely place to be.
Or those lines were put there for exclusivity to purposely leave others out.




There are lines we will cross out of necessity and sometimes we cross them from kindness
to cruelty. Of course there are always those lines that we try to balance like a beam in the night out of indecisiveness due to fear, even vulnerability.



There are even those we cross knowing full well it may be wrong, but would rather go with the majority than
to stand up for what is right. We may even make the bad choice of crossing anyway knowing there may be danger on the other side, lured by self gratification.


And then, this week on a foggy morning walk, I came across literally hundreds of spider webs all filled with dew (and no I didn't need my spray bottle, ha). All of these lines, silk lines, carefully and masterfully spun.
Did you know that a spider has different silk that he puts in his web? One is sticky to catch his prey and the other is not and is carefully woven in so that he can walk in his own web without getting tangled in it himself.


Nature is such a miraculous thing, and I know I say this a lot, but it has so much to teach us. I find it hard
to believe that we weren't wired with the same instincts as a spider knowing what line he can walk or cross.
For a spider, it's all about survival. Walk on or cross the wrong line and . . . .it's over. For humanity, I'm not sure it's any different. The difference is we don't weave a web for just ourselves. We weave a world web and what we do to that web affects us all. When some of the lines of the web are broken or someone else
gets caught, we do have the ability to throw them another one . . .  but sometimes we look the other way?
In the long run, that affects the lines we all have to walk. . .

My thoughts have run very deep in the last few months especially as I have seen so much division in our country. And the lines that have bothered me the most are the firing lines. The ones we line others up on, aim at and shoot with hurtful words. Bullets pierce the flesh - words pierce the soul. And one is more easily healed than the other.

My wish for us all, is to see these lines drawn not so that they continue to divide or exclude, but to meet somewhere, anywhere . . . just so they meet.




And that second line, that one comes from artistic expression . . . and that one is freeing.. It frees us from
ourselves to ourselves and ultimately to others. It allows us to express the deepest parts of who we are and
can inspire others to do the same. My hope is that the lines we continue to draw will be ones that lead us to peace and love. Because a web that is built together is a stronger one.That may be a tall order, but hey, one can dream can't she?!!


 Much love, Kim
XO


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35 comments:

Tamar SB said...

So profound!! Wow, such thoughts and such stunning photography!

TesoriTrovati said...

Reading this is such a balm for the troubled soul. I really appreciate the perspective you have given me about this and I will carry these images and these words in my heart. Thank you for sharing with us! Enjoy the day. Erin

Kathryn said...

Kim, I can't tell you how much I love this post. So glad you chose to put the words out there and illustrate them with such beautiful images. It felt deep and heartfelt and I felt it in my soul.

Kim C. said...

Gorgeous words, Kim...
Gorgeous images.

Amanda said...

You are so gifted with words. And your photos are amazing. I love those spiderwebs! Thank you for sharing.

Deanna said...

These are such lovely & profound words illustrating the "lines" we draw. I hope you are sending some of these "thoughts" to a publisher. Your photography always astounds me and that web is totally astonishing!!

Pieni Lintu said...

Beautiful spider webs!

Sherri B. said...

Deep and profound thoughts...your writing is so beautiful and you have a gift for inviting the reader in and connecting. And then add to that your beautiful photos - pure pleasure! I love what you had to say.

June Caedmon said...

Convicting and inspired words, Kim. May we all take them to heart.

Seeing Each Day said...

I would try to say and something intelligent but your words have flawed me. So please believe my sincerity when I say thank you for these absolutely wonderful and poignant photos. Your third one sealed the deal. Thanks for the words too.

momphotographer said...

wow! these are all stunning!!!

eljaygee said...

enjoyed this post jsut for the words but you topped it off beautifully with some very creative textured shots

DRODDEL said...

Wonderful post, and the photos are all beautiful,- I especially liked the second one!
Have a nice weekend:)
Monica

DRODDEL said...

Wonderful post, and the photos are all beautiful,- I especially liked the second one!
Have a nice weekend:)
Monica

SueAnn Lommler said...

Fabulous series of photos!!
Hugs
SueAnn

The Artful Diva said...

you have an amazing array here - it's hard to choose among them, but I do really, really, really like the first one!

Kathy said...

Holy Moly...I should could use some of your wisdom and insights! Thanks for sharing with us :)

Danelle M said...

Such wise thoughts and beautiful photos!

Nicki said...

I'm feeling a bit philosophical today so to say your post moves me doesn't even cover it. Well written, beautifully illustrated.

Viv (modifica) said...

lovely piece Kim and your photos are so beautiful thanks for sharing have a great weekend...

Ida said...

Oh my gosh Kim not only are your photo's artistic but your writing is amazing. I read this entire post all the way through and just loved every bit of it. Your thoughts were so heartfelt and expressed beautifully. Then the photos that went with them just took my breath away. Stunning work.

Brenda said...

You bring so much wise thought and heartfelt emotion to your writing - writing that resonates deeply. What an amazing treatise on lines, both in words and gorgeous images. May our lines meet.

Linda Makiej said...

very lovely work

Currie Silver said...

I am undone with the depth of your perspectives, written, photographed, and woven of both. I feel like I have been seen, heard, and understood.

Just exquisite, Kim.

Linda R said...

WOW! What an amazing post. I really do enjoy reading your words. But your photos look amazing. Love your editing. You have a gift my friend.

Hugs~

Lori said...

I love nature photography, very beautiful Kim!!

Thanks for sharing with Foto Friday,
Lori

Katherines Corner said...

Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Wishing you a happy weekend. xo

Jeanne said...

Kim your words here are very thought provoking and profound! So true too. Also, of course love your photos as they are all very special, and do, so represent, the lessons that are always there for us in nature, if we look.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Wonderfully creative photography ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

bettyl said...

That's quite a variety of lines! Great shots.

Bonnie said...

Ah ... so this is where you find beauty, truth and goodness.

Just lovely editing, Kim. Your photo art touches the soul and your words tug at the heart.

Thank you.

Karen said...

Your photos are beautiful...especially those spider webs. But your words speak volumes. Amazing!

photoartbyanna said...

Stunning images - and so beautifully framed by your words!

kon-mei23 said...

What a thoughtful post. The photos a really gorgeous. Especially the first one.

Laura said...

so beautiful!!! I adore the spider webs! I hope you will join in the gratitude quilt this year... info about the project and how to participate is at the top of my blog
:-)

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