Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.~Cecil Beaton
Stand out because you think differently.
Stand out because you speak differently.
Stand out because you act differently.
Stand out because you work differently.
Stand out because you live differently.―
I tried out my new ultra-wide lens in Central Park last week right before sunset. The golden leaves in the foreground caught my eye, as well as the golden light in the distance.
To stand out from the crowd requires you to stand up and stand for what you believe in.―
In New York, newsstands are ubiquitous. This one in midtown, decorated with a portrait of the famous writer James Baldwin, caught my eye. It includes a quote from his book Notes of a Native Son written in 1955, but it could have been written today about the controversy between “real” vs. “fake” news.
…but no one was interested in the facts. They preferred the invention because this invention expressed and corroborated their hates and fears so perfectly.~ James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son
Compassion makes you strong, caring and creative. It creates a different attitude, a level of maturity and understanding, where you do something which makes you stand out of crowd.―
James Baldwin’s words clearly mirror our current state of affairs. We are living in unsettling times, when the lines are blurred between right and wrong, good and evil, truth and lies. When a few people give their hatred free reign. When most people insist on doing the right thing because it is the only way they know to combat the perniciousness of hatred, of evil.
I prefer to focus on these good people, compassionate people, instead those who hate–even as we grieve for the 11 Jewish congregants murdered as they prayed on the sabbath in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Their deaths are a call to action, to stand out against hatred and to let our voices of reason, of compassion, of hope be heard above the raucous clamoring.
I’ll end my post with a note of appreciation to all of you who participated in the “Just For Fun” challenge last week. You are all rays of sunshine!
And speaking of sunshine, thanks to Ann-Christine for this week’s Lens-Artists inspiration and our talented Amy who will post challenge #19 at noon on Saturday, November 10th.
Have an inspiring week, everyone!