Lately there have been so many stressful things going on in the world and in the states. Everyone is shouting and no one is listening. It makes me question what I’m doing to make this world a better place. All I know is that if people do something they love and have the intent to share this love, then hopefully it will spread to others.
I’m doing my best to create outlets to share in person, like my camera club and teaching, which to me is so important because it prevents me from isolating too much. Social media is great, but there is nothing like sharing in person.
I really believe that when we communicate online we can easily misinterpret things. We read things the way we want to and unless someone is a fabulous writer, things can be so easily misconstrued depending on the mood we’re in when we read them. It’s too easy for people to shut each other down and not work through things which I believe is some of what is causing us not to listen. Read a headline or a snippet and we’re done. No we’re not! Not by a long shot. We’re just getting started!
Landscape photography quiets me down. It washes the world’s woes away from my head and gets me to feel in the heart again. Our planet speaks to us but we don’t listen. We can’t seem to hear or see the big picture.
What are you doing to share the love? Please share your love with everyone in the comment box if you like.
I was reminded of something from Tolkien:
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
Yesterday I took my camera club to the Sutro Baths in San Francisco. I’ve never seen it that busy there, but perhaps it’s because I usually don’t go there on a weekend. But with the perfect weather AND it being a Sunday evening, the place was packed! I worried about my camera club members finding parking because I had to circle in the parking lot until someone vacated a space. Fortunately people did work out the parking and twenty-three of my camera club members showed up! It was a fun time had by all and I’m enjoying seeing the pictures everyone is posting on my club website.
For people who don’t know what Sutro Baths is, Adolph Sutro, the self-made millionaire who designed Sutro Heights and later the second Cliff House, developed the amazing Sutro Baths in 1894. With his special interest in natural history and marine studies, he constructed an ocean pool aquarium among the rocks north of the Cliff House. Sutro then expanded his ocean front complex by constructing a massive public bathhouse that covered three acres and boasted impressive engineering and artistic details.
You can see some of the ruins of Sutro Baths in the first image and the Cliff House in the second image. (To read more about the history, please click here.)