While riding along the highway between Riyadh and Bahrain, I saw a camel above a large sand dune. The animal was a welcome sight amid the lengthy stretch of barren desert.
We give and take. We come and we go.
We lead and follow.
We work and rest.
We find the company of friends and strangers
And if we choose, take the time to dream.
Perspective imposes impressions of the magnitude of events and surroundings. From a point of observation, we view our world through macro and micro lenses. The size and importance of what is in view depend on the contents of the present and the past. The impressions of the observer and the experiences of participants both matter.
Free Spirit is not restricted by expression…
It expresses itself in attitude and approach to life and to each other.
“Under the seeming disorder of the old city, wherever the old city is working successfully, is a marvelous order for maintaining the safety of the streets and the freedom of the city. It is a complex order. Its essence is intricacy of sidewalk use, bringing with it a constant succession of eyes. This order is all composed of movement and change, and although it is life, not art, we may fancifully call it the art form of the city and liken it to the dance — not to a simple-minded precision dance with everyone kicking up at the same time, twirling in unison and bowing off en masse, but to an intricate ballet in which the individual dancers and ensembles all have distinctive parts which miraculously reinforce each other and compose an orderly whole. The ballet of the good city sidewalk never repeats itself from place to place, and in any once place is always replete with new improvisations.”
― Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities
“By its nature, the metropolis provides what otherwise could be given only by traveling; namely, the strange.”― Jane Jacobs
I turned away from the visual feast of the Andaman Sea in Krabi, Thailand to return to my room. As I approached the steps to climb to street level a blend of nature-made and man-made items caught my attention. I liked the patterns – the lines of the steps with the ovals of the four leaves, the splotches of sun and shade. The exhibit was temporary. A breeze might lift the leaves to another place at any moment. A street-sweeper’s broom might scrape the steps and break the silence and urge the leaves into a pile without personality and style. The sun was sure to move and change the balance between light and dark. But for a few seconds, the efforts of nature and man created a display I stopped to look at and enjoy.
Because we stop short of negotiated resolution, we court incongruity and flirt with danger.
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Learning and Teaching are natural acts. With our actions and words, we teach. Through observation and listening, we learn. And grow.
The purple orchids at the nursery in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand were brilliant in the afternoon sun. All colors were beautiful; the purples stole the show in that light.