Lens-Artists Challenge #12 – PATH

“Relax, breathe deep and trust the path you’re on.”

Lalah Delia

BEACH PATH

BEACH PATH

Having recently spent many hours glued to the weather channel tracking the path of Hurricane Florence, it seemed appropriate that this week’s challenge should be Path. Your path may be literal, such as I’ve illustrated in today’s images, or figurative, giving us a glimpse into the direction in which your life is moving. 

CART PATH AMONG THE OAKS

CART PATH AMONG THE OAKS

“If you light a lamp for someone it will also brighten your path.”

Buddhist Proverb

Personally, my life’s path has been nearly as unpredictable as that of Hurricane Florence – a perfect example of the old adage “Man plans, God laughs.”  Rather than bore you with details, I’ll simply say that early on I was taught that if we work hard and do our best, things will work out in the end.  Somehow, though not necessarily according to plan 😊, for me they always have. 

DEER PATH

GOTCHA!

“If you don’t know where you want to go, then it doesn’t matter which path you take.”

Lewis Carroll

Certainly, luck has a great deal to do with it. I was fortunate to have been born into a supportive family in a stable country during a time of peace and prosperity. I never worried where my next meal might come from nor whether I might become a victim of the ravages of war or the whims of a ruling despot. The choices along my path seem far less challenging when viewed from a global perspective. 

GARDEN PATH

GARDEN PATH

“The presence of a path doesn’t necessarily mean the existence of a destination.”

Craig D. Lounsbrough

As another stroke of pure luck, my degree in languages was a primary target for recruiters in the technology business before there was any such thing as a computer science major.  Who’d have thought that someone who once said “no one will ever buy a computer in a retail store” (yep, that was me, DUH) would end up with a career in computers and networking. Go figure.

BOARDS TO THE BEACH

BOARDS TO THE BEACH

“There are no wrong turns, only unexpected paths.”

Mark Nepo

Finally, a long term North-easterner, I would never have imagined living in the south. My husband and I have now been here for 20 years. I’ve learned to love hot, humid summers (he hasn’t), fried chicken, and sand in my shoes. Along with the things I love I’ve learned to anticipate, follow, and despise tropical storms. My heart goes out to those affected by Hurricane Florence – may their paths lead to recovery very soon.

Like many others I’m sure, my path thus far has been filled with twists and turns I’d never have anticipated. Fortunately, along the way I’ve learned to roll with the punches and so far it’s been a wonderful ride. Here’s to wherever our paths lead next 😀.

 

HAVE YOU SEEN THESE?

There were many terrific responses to Amy’s “Small Is Beautiful” challenge last week, thanks to all who participated!

 

To learn more about how to participate in our challenge, click here. Be sure to link to this post and to TAG YOUR POST LENS-ARTISTS. Finally, tune in next Saturday when Patti of Pilotfish will host our next challenge.

 

 

 

 

250 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #12 – PATH

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  6. A very reflective post on path, Tina. Glad Hurricane Florence had passed. As you said, sometimes things don’t go according to plan and the unexpected happens. It sounded like you fell into step working with computers and you really enjoyed it 🙂 I do like plans but have to agree you can’t help some things from happening and you have to just go down the path right in front of you 🙂

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  8. Well Tina you got me this week with Path, something I have to shoot when I see one. Especially like the one of your opening shot of the beach…something about those fences, lol.

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  14. Gorgeous images as always, Tina! Your reflections are expressed so beautifully! Great theme, too. I’m enjoying the different interpretations. I’ll post a link here when mine is ready. 🙂

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  16. I’m glad you are okay after Florence passed through your part of the world. I liked the quote about unexpected paths and the boardwalk that zigzags to the horizon. Beautiful.

  17. Enjoyed reading your paths, Tina. “if we work hard and do our best, things will work out in the end.”, I agree wholeheartedly.
    Love this set of path photos, they go beautifully with your stories.

  18. An inviting theme, Tina – in fact absolutely irresistible! We travel many paths throughout our lives, literally – and others…All of your choices are lovely, and accompanied by thoughtful quotes. Thank you for a pleasant and interesting walk!

  19. Beautiful, Tina, and reflective as ever. I can’t imagine living in the path of this weather pattern, which seems to worsen year on year. Luck certainly comes into it. Not sure if I can join in this week. The grand ‘depart’ gets ever nearer and there still seems lots to do. And the darn laptop is playing up. Could do with your expertise 🙂 Have a great week!

  20. Peaceful and vibrant island moments, T. The paths we choose are sure easier to see once we’ve walked them. As an aside, I’m not so sure we’ve escaped the whims of a ruling despot.

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  22. This fellow North-easterner totally agrees with you about the South, Tina. We had a salesmen in our office who was a Southerner and oh, how we would mimic his accent. Having been in the South for 40 years, I have come to love that accent and everything about it. Funny how things turn out….

  23. Wonderful photos for this topic, Tina.Your quotes brought to mind one that I heard earlier this year: Your difficulties are not obstacles on the path; they are the path. Thanks for taking us with you today.

    Happy weekend.
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  25. Hi Tina I enjoyed the way you described your path through life. The pathology of your life path indicates the absence of pathological inabilities to interact with life and people. In seeing the heading, I thought to myself that this time I would probably go the literal route. After reading your post I am unsure which path my brain will follow. Well done

  26. An exciting collection of different paths Tina. Would love to walk them all!!!. I start with the beach path with its fresh air, then I need some shade, so I decide to sit down for a while under the amazing oaks. Further on I meet a lovely wild deer!! After that I take a rest along the beautiful garden path before heading to the wooden board walk and the beach. Splash!! 😀 🐬

    Apologize for a not completely correct English 😉

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