Weekly Iphonography Challenge – Future Tense / Letsbewild – Reflections

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

Mother Theresa



Those who follow me know I am not a fan of i-phonography. However, in the spirit of participation in the challenge, I am posting two photos taken today with my I-phone 4.  Both shots were taken from the 9th floor of a building nearby, as photos from the street level are a bit less satisfying.  Above, we see one of the new buildings under construction within the new World Trade Center complex (WTC IV), reflecting NYC’s beautiful blue sky.



And then, the nearly-complete World Trade Center I Tower looming taller and larger than the skyscrapers nearby.  I chose these subjects because they speak to me of the importance of learning from the past while living in the present and building for the future.

As for the Let’s Be Wild Weekly Challenge “Reflections”,  I believe these photos meet both definitions of the word:

Reflect:  To show an image of;

Reflect:  To think deeply and carefully about

If we reflect on the buildings, the sky and its reflection, and the future, we come to a very important conclusion.  It is ours to decide what we will teach our children, who learn by example.  Shall we teach them to build a world where all people live in peace – understanding and celebrating our differences?  Or shall we teach them about hatred, enemies and fear?  Let us all hope for a future designed around the former.

I asked my 6-year-old granddaughter, who is studying poetry in first grade, to write me a poem about the future.  Here is what she penned:

The future will be fancy and great!  You will really like it. 

You will be as happy as a cat. 

You will get to go around the world.  You will really like it.

Children see the world as a wonderful place full of possibilities.  We could learn a bit from them there.  From our granddaughter’s lips to God’s ears 🙂


51 thoughts on “Weekly Iphonography Challenge – Future Tense / Letsbewild – Reflections

  1. I found your opening lines so very powerful.

    “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

    My current post is on “Mindfulness” and the pleasures of being in the present.


    • Thanks for stopping by and for your comment Shakti. I loved your post, especially the closing quote “do not wait for the perfect moment, take the moment and make it perfect.” Wonderful!

  2. Great matching of thoughts and images for the challenge Tina .
    What wise words from your little grand daughter ! Now describe your happy cat look for me LOL …

  3. your six year old granddaughter fragment made me smile –
    and actually got a sms, that my next grandkid will not be a boy
    (3 grandsons till now) but surprise: a girl!

  4. Well I see the Iphone ‘blur’ is a distant past tense =) — Gorgeous shot of WTC lV with the reflective blue sky & clouds! Your words are inspiring… & your granddaughter’s poem endearing. So Sweet! Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Amazing how the iPhone can come across in a pinch. I love the fact you included your granddaughter in your post. I bet she will be another blogger in no time. Enjoyed your blog, thanks,
    🙂 xoxo

  8. I am truly ‘reflecting’ at this moment…..what beautiful words complimenting these very special photos….a very special poem….bet i know where her wisdom comes from….grandma/grandpa!!!!!

  9. Tina, that was a really good post. We could imagine ourselves as that reflecting building and hope the reflection would be a pretty one.

    Sharon Buehler 843-442-9602 (cell)

    • Thanks Linda. Mouths of babes for sure. With a portugese/Scottish mom, grandmother in England and a set of grandparents who travel the globe, I’m happy to see that “going all around the world” is what she sees for the future!

      Sent from my iPad

  10. Tina,

    Loved your granddaughter’s poem! Also, thanks for bring a little of NYC to us. We have been away too long! Love to all of you. Toni

  11. I visited the World Trade Centre site a year after 9/11. As we stood there looking at the hole where the buildings once stood, I realised what a theraputic experience it was for a lot of people. You’re right, we need to use it as a positive influence on our future. Great post

  12. Thank you for sharing your granddaughter’s poem! She is smart and is only 6 years old! It’s clever to use the reflections of the World Trade Center to reflect the future. Love it.

  13. Those wise granddaughters! Looks like they are finally topping off that building. It will be good to see its completion. Nice view and picture. K

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