101/101 | The Gift of Connection | End of 101 Contemplative Photography Project

 

Just realizing that this is my final post for the project is enough to make me a bit emotional. That’s why it took me a while to write this post.  I achieved my goals. And YES it feels so good! However, my heart is filled with wistful longing – knowing that I am going to miss the excitement of posting something under 101 Contemplative Photography.

I remember the day when I came up with the idea of starting this project.  I prepared myself for a yearlong reflective journey on photography and writing.  All I wanted was growth and sense of fulfillment, which I now have. However, I never expected that this project could bring great blessings into my life.

The Wonders of Wisdom

101 Contemplative Photography is about “finding meaning in the face of seeming insignificance.” And this project is a testimony that everything around us can teach us lessons and reveal the truths we all need. I never thought that pegs could teach me faith, grass could teach me persistence, a mushroom could teach me watchfulness. It was beyond my expectation that plants could teach me contentment, roses could teach me about graceful ageing, trees could teach me how to deal with rejection, and flowers could show me the most enchanting beauty of all. It is a privilege to receive wisdom from the most unexpected things. Indeed, it is in the ordinary where we find the purest of beauty and the greatest of joy.

The Value of Persistence

There were many times when I was tempted to abandon this project. Those were the moments when my blog stats seemed to tell me in a very subtle but painful way that there’s no point in finishing it. It wasn’t every encouraging when I felt like nobody seemed to care. Yet I believed in the beauty of contemplative photography and there were people who had the courage to tell me that my work brought inspiration to them. They gave me a bigger reason to show up and pour my heart in every photo I post. 101 Contemplative Photography was no longer just MY project. Instead, it became OUR project. And that’s because they gave me the opportunity to touch their lives without me realizing until recently that they touched mine as well.

The Gift of Connection

If what I’m doing here is just for and about me, you would never have the chance to read this blog. I believe in loving connection as the essence of our existence. We are here for each other. And I am here to share to you the gift that God gave me. To each one of you who followed, visited, commented on, and shared my blog/101 Contemplative Photography, I say THANK YOU.  I want you to know that you have become my family and I am so blessed to have journeyed with you.

Till OUR next project.

Kris | the Terrible Artist

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100/101 | Into the Unknown

 

It is this belief in a power larger than myself and other than myself which allows me to venture into the unknown and even the unknowable.

Maya Angelo

 

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099/101 | Great Hope

 

My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.

Maya Angelo

 

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098/101 | Live the Life You Want

 

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Steve Jobs

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097/101 | Aim High

 

The greatest danger for most of us is not that we are aiming too high and we miss it but that it is too low and we reach it.

Michelangelo

 

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096/101 | On Growing Slowly

 

Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.

Chinese Proverb

 

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095/101 | From Within

 

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time.

Anna Freud

 

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