Roses and Celebrating the Past and Present – Treasure Your Life Now – vol 9 – 7

by Sheila Finkelstein on May 22, 2013

rose photo enhanced with iPhoto

Do you always feel that it’s necessary to keep moving forward? that it’s important not to look back? Well today’s photos and queries are a demonstration of celebration and appreciation of experiences from the past.

Given Mother’s Day was not that long ago, I’d been thinking about featuring “roses” in this issue of Treasure Your Life Now. They are sometimes known as “symbols of love.” See “Roses and Hugs say ‘I love you.'”

I’d planned to use a couple of roses from a Mother’s Day bouquet I received from one of my sons and his family this year. First, wanting to see what I had shared in the past, I searched for “roses” on this Photography and Transformation Blog.

When I saw the first photo here my heart went “zing”. I am, thus, honoring this by going back and revising the February 15, 2011, Volume 7 – Issue 7 post. They are a celebration of beauty… not “past”, nor “present”… rather “everlasting.”

In that Picture to Ponder issue and post two years ago, I referred to a course I was teaching with the week’s lesson focused on noticing light, shadows and contrasts. I continued with the suggested “explorations” that I had given participants.

I stated, “I ultimately had fun ‘playing’ with two white roses out of a Valentine’s Day bouquet of roses gift.” For a description of what I did when taking the photos and editing, see the post, Rose Photos.

In addition to the roses above and below, you can see some of the other roses, showing the results of the different editing programs I used, on the 2011 Roses Set on Flickr.

Today’s Featured Photos

white rose enhanced uisng Photoshop Elements

red rose resting on vase - stem shadows, vase reflections

Self-Reflecting Queries
In 2011, I wrote:
“I’m finding it interesting to note my freely playing with editing programs and publicly sharing this. During the first few years of Picture to Ponder I was very rigorous about showing photos, aside from cropping, ‘exactly’ as they were when I downloaded them from my cameras. I even wrote about my “position” quite often, probably with righteousness and a smug pride at times.

This leads me to now invite you to look at your life.

Can you find any areas where you are feeling, or felt, very righteous, rigid and even self-important about doing something exactly the way it is/was ‘supposed’ to be done?

You may even have created the ‘rules’, as I did, which is even more interesting. If the latter is the case, how often did/do you impose your expectations on others?

Lastly, can you see any areas where you have grown, moved past those often self-limiting beliefs?

If so, I invite you to acknowledge yourself for this, even publicly, here or to another person, further empowering yourself and others.”

Relationship Tip
I now invite you to look at each of the Queries above to see how
your possible righteousness and rigidity on the way things “should be done” might be impacting one or more of your relationships.

Lastly, given this started out with a rose photo from the past that moved me to honor and appreciate its beauty in the present, what is one thing of beauty in a relationship that you might have forgotten from your past.

I invite you to celebrate that with yourself and another for how it contributed to you in the past, now present, or what it can now become.

As always, have fun, and please share in the COMMENTS section below your experiences with what comes up for you with these questions and your resultant actions.

Another Celebration – Bringing the Past Present – After years of my first very first website looking “yucky” in design, not representing the art that was on it, I recently updated the look.

What a difference! I feel proud again and enjoy visiting my “baby” Nature’s Playground.

in a Totally Different Conversation – Do You a Have a Parent Who is Driving You Crazy, often at the most inconvenient times, with Computer, iPad or Smartphone questions?

Technology for Seniors Made Easy photo of laptop, iPhone and digital camera
If so, I invite you to check out the updated Coaching Package page and consider giving one as a gift.

One-on-one technology coaching might also be a gift to give to yourself.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie Jordan Scott June 11, 2013 at 11:10 am

Wow, Sheila, you ask some great questions here. I facilitated a writing session here in Bakersfield and I wrote the word “righteous” – strong and lovely word. I am going to work on the queries “away from this page” and am noting the address so I will be able to come back later.

Big hugs!


Sheila Finkelstein June 11, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Thanks so much, Julie. Was thinking about you this AM. It’s been a long time since we’ve connected. After all the years of your inspiring me, I’m delighted that you are sparked to do some writing from these queries. Can’t wait to see/read what comes out of it.


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