Thursday

Count Your Life With Smiles

Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll. ~Unknown

30 comments:

Kerri said...

My thoughts on this image:
First of all - it is not meant to be a "downer" image. I try to keep everything positive on this blog :)
I see a heart that is slightly cracked - but not completely broken. I noticed that the heart is not empty and I see some "new growth" around the heart - part of the mending process. I found this little nutshell on a walk over the weekend and it spoke to me.

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Della said...

And pieces of everything around it are filling the heart, like pieces of everyone around us fill our hearts with love.

Hilary said...

Very cool.

mindymilburn said...

I am commenting before I read yours...I see a heart. Plain as day! This put a huge smile on my face. Thank you.

Debbie said...

First and formost, I love this picture. I see the obvious heart, slighly fractured, unwilling to break. I see growth both inside and out. I see beauty, where others would not. I see...alot!! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!!!

texwisgirl said...

When I first saw it, I saw an animal track. :)

Daniel said...

A mold of a foot imprint was my first thought.

grammie g said...

Hi Kerri..being me the first thing I saw was a heart shape!!
I see then everywhere it seem..I just this morning while sitting at the kitchen wooden bar a tiny chip of the side shaped like a heart. :}}
I didn't see the crack until I read what you said..I did notice in the upper right what looked like srpout of green or something like that!!
Loved this post and your analogy!!

ladyfi said...

It looks like a heart! A lovely one at that...

Louisiana Belle said...

What a cool find! Even though the heart has a crack, dirt, rocks, and grass inside, it's still obviously a heart. The debris doesn't make it any less so; in fact, it now has lots of character. Maybe it's the same way that people leave impressions on others, shaping their character. Am I even making sense? LOL

Gayle said...

Oh, I love finding things like this. Yes, a heart. Do you suppose it is a black walnut shell?
If you search Rick Ruggles, he has many posters with "found hearts". Some are titled "love is where you find it". How lovely that you found one, too.
I have one of his posters on my office wall.
Thanks, Kerri.
:)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I saw the heart but it is full of so many stories.

Bonnie said...

What a super cool photo. I see hope!

Julie G. said...

I see a sheltered, broken heart ... but on the mend ... with possibilities. Very thought provoking! Isn't nature amazing?

Dawn said...

A broken and revived heart.
Many of us probably "get" this beautiful image!

Lisa RedWillow said...

It was clear from the thumb nail it was a heart. I love your words and wonderful find.

Tammy said...

You sure got down to the "heart" of the matter...haha. Do you suppose it is broken because no one noticed it's charm and simply trod it down into the mud?

Mimi said...

First I was trying to figure out what it really was, then I saw a heart.
It's a heart that has lived and loved, you can tell that by the crack. You can't love without getting your heart at least cracked, and most likely broken.
The different bits inside the heart represent, to me, different life experiences, some grizzly, some smooth, some sweet.
It's been fun interpreting it!

Barb said...

A heart has the ability to heal and persevere. Your photo is a good reminder that damage can be repaired.

Country Girl said...

Well, I knew what it was, of course - half of a walnut shell facing up. But before I saw the heart, I thought it looked like a tiny footprint of a deer.

Wren said...

I'm so unromantic - I thought it was a pair of footprints.

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

A broken heart. :(

Pauline said...

Not only do I feel unromantic (I had to go look again to see a heart) but my first impression was of a little alien face! Not sure I want to know what that says about me!

Catherine said...

How fun! I for sure see a heart. I think it says 'hope' to me... beautiful!
xo Catherine

Jeremy Colyer said...

It's the heart of nature!

Stacey Dawn said...

I saw a heart - with inset footprints - like all of those we "meet" near and far who inspire and affect our lives in such magnificent ways.

Misty Dawn said...

I absolutely LOVE this! You have a truly fantastic eye!

Marvin said...

I see the cycle of life: New life replacing old. The old hickory nut shell is broken and decaying, but new life is springing up around and inside it. Not a "downer" for me. That life in nature goes on is very uplifting.

Beverly said...

Well, something must be wrong with me. I saw a nose!!!!!! Then I saw the heart! :)

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