In wishing you a fond farewell, we wanted to share our all-time favorite photos with you. We welcome you to share your favorites with us…
I could not believe my eyes when knowing that this week Weekly Photo Challenge would be the final one, but as change is eternal, we have to accept this decision, even with a little sadness. I have so much enjoyed the photo challenges over the years and also the people I have connected through their posts. For me, Weekly Photo Challenge is so special, because it’s the only way to push me to post regularly. For the Daily Post’s team, thank you for having been here for all of us over the years.
And as requested, I want to post my all-time favorite photo as a fond farewell to the great team of Daily Post. It is not the end, because I believe as they say, they will be focusing their attention on other great projects on WordPress.com
About the photo, I love the sunrise in Pokhara, Nepal. From my hotel I could see the sun over the World Peace Stupa which were built on top of a hill with sea of clouds surround it. It’s a magical moment, as a reminder that as the sun rises, hope soars. Like the team of Daily Post, this is not the end. The upcoming great projects are waiting for them and for us also. It’s time for them and for us also to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings.
As happened in life,
A Sunrise is God’s way of saying, Let’s start again. Todd Stocker
Do you notice that problems we experience in life are like washing machines? They twist, they spin and knock us around, sometimes in imperfect temperature. But in the end, we come out cleaner, brighter and better than before.
Last month I visited Angkor Wat in Cambodia for the umpteenth time. Angkor Wat is the place in the world which I feel I belong to; a place for recharging my energy. No matter how many other beautiful places I visit, I always feel the magical spark in me when I stand in the ancient walkway of Angkor Wat. I feel so comfortable to walk along the cozy corridors or the surrounding forest which perhaps, nothing special for other person.
So, it was early morning of Khmer New Year, -it’s in the mid of April-, and I found myself standing in front of a small pond in Angkor Wat. I joined the other people to watch beautiful sunrise there before I enjoyed my walk in the lush forest around it.
The small pond in southern part of main entrance is different to the similar pond in northern part which is full of lotus. This time I felt so lucky with the small water in it. Just perfect as a mirror of the nature with its majestic temple. I could see the small ripple of water when something disturbed it. Totally perfect for me. Right place, right moment.
Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as it surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed.
It’s only two months after the big eruption of Mt. Merapi in the year of 2006, my husband and I were visiting the affected area around 25 kms north of Yogyakarta, his hometown. What we saw seemed so unlikely… But we all know that forces of nature, even after two months, was still extreme and seemed unbelievable…
We could see the trails of pyroclastic flows that burned everything on its way and left it full of ashes. Even the huge sand barriers were totally damaged. The beautiful peak of Mt. Merapi looked partially collapsed apart, because of its continuous activities of large explosions and pyroclastic flows.
Completed 3 years ahead of the millennium, this magnificent building made me amazed with its sophisticated grandeur. It is really an architectural marvel I’ve ever seen. No wonder, it needed a well-planned project that spanned over ten years before finally started to build.
Tokyo International Forum is Tokyo’s first convention and art center which consists of a glass atrium and four buildings with a different design for each.
The glass atrium made me jaw-dropped. It showcases a design of a ship supported by grand and tall pillars. Walking inside the building and looking up, cast a surreal experience for me with breathtaking patterns and lines.
I walked in the Flower Dome of Garden By The Bay, Singapore and found beautiful flowers which I did not know the name but it’s so prolific. As a flower fan, -meaning only enjoying the beauty without knowing further about the flowers LOL-, I had been attracted by the color and the shape of the flowers. oh no, each flower! Sooo beautiful…
Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature. – Gerard De Nerval
Let me start with the nice sayings from the famous Persian Sufi mystic,
Why are you knocking at every other door? Go, knock at the door of your own heart – Rumi
So what is Life? Usually people will answer it by saying it is from B to D, from Birth to Death. Yeah, of course it’s not wrong, but is it only that? We can make it more meaningful by questioning the thing between B and D. Well, what is between B and D? We all know it is a ‘C’. But what is actually a ‘C’ for us? It is a CHOICE. Yes, our life is a matter of choices, we should live well and it will never go wrong.
A simple example is Happiness. Happiness is a choice, not a result. Nothing will make us happy until we choose to be happy. No person will make us happy unless we decide to be happy. Our happiness will not come TO us, it can only come FROM us.
Undoubtedly, nothing is more compelling than the power of choice. Every time, we are being presented with a choice. We can choose good over evil, right over wrong, evolve over remain. And then if we choose to evolve, we will connect with the strength within us, we will explore what lies outside of our comfort zone. We will be awaken to love, we will become, we will be.
Thus as we are awaken to the power of choice, we are always given the opportunity to start anew. As simple as that.