Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.”

Mahatma Gandhi

This week’s photo challenge is Renewal.  Such a big word, it brings to mind many things; spiritual renewal, urban renewal, the cycle of life and death, the first breath of spring.  I thought about all of these things and more, but decided to focus on the renewal that comes as we experience the pleasure and energy restoration of sleep.

CATNAP

CATCHING SOME ZZZZs, SAIGON

“No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap.”

Carrie Snow

WAITING FOR A FARE

WAITING FOR A FARE, CAMBODIA

Hard workers sometimes need to find a few moments to re-energize as they go about their daily business.  Like the first mate on our Mekong River cruise above, or the Tuk-Tuk driver in Cambodia, sometimes you just need to catch some winks on the fly.

PEACEFUL MOMENT

PEACEFUL MOMENT, LAOS

“A mother’s arms are made of tenderness, and children sleep soundly in them.”

Victor Hugo

Babies and young children seem capable of falling asleep anywhere, and of sleeping soundly despite any noise or distraction.  Unless of course, their parents are trying to sleep as well 🙂

WATCHFUL GUARDIAN

ON GUARD

Not unlike children, animals seem able to sleep and dream with no regard for the troubles of the day or the challenges of tomorrow.

THE LION SLEEPS TONITE

THE LION SLEEPS TONITE

CATNAP

CATNAP

CONTENTED COW

CONTENTED COW

Alas, sleep is less easy for the grown-ups among us.  Somehow we toss and turn, and the harder we try the longer we find ourselves staring at the clock or the ceiling or worse yet, our spouse beside us deep in his or her dreams with no regard for our wakefulness.  As I head off to bed (and hopefully to sleep), I will close with some good advice from the well-known mystic, Rumi, who said, “Put your thoughts to sleep, do not let them cast a shadow over the moon of your heart.  Let go of thinking.”  Easier said than done, right?!

36 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

  1. How timely this reflection as our new temperpedic mattress arrived yesterday to cure all the evils of sleeplessness!! ” slept like a baby”.as I was looking at those peaceful children I was reminded of my mother saying. “. Go to sleep now – I will do all the worrying for you!” Wish she were here!

  2. I am impressed. Great shots. Catching some zzzs is very moving and touched me. The lion and catnap photos are exquisite. Well done!! Love the ghandi quote

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