Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light

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Before I get to this week’s photo challenge, I wanted to mention that I’ve just been nominated for Healthline’s Best Health Blogs of 2013 Award and I was wondering if you could please vote for my blog?  Voting started a couple of weeks ago & my nomination was just posted so I am quite behind!

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There are many amazing blogs included, so I doubt that I have much of a chance, but I truly appreciate your support and I am honored to even be grouped with the other blogs.

So, to vote:  You can vote EVERY DAY until JAN. 20th. Voting is through Facebook or Twitter.  Click here to VOTE:  http://www.healthline.com/health/best-health-blogs-contest-id?id=714  – or — click on the “VOTE FOR ME” badge in the upper-right-hand corner of my blog.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

And now, on to the photos…

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The Daily Post‘s Weekly Photo Challenge topic for this week is “Let There Be Light.”  From the original post: “We’re entering a truly light-filled season. Christmas trees, Hanukkah menorahs, and Kwanzaa kinaras are spreading their glow in homes the world over (or are just about to), while main streets and public buildings are being prepared for the winter holidays with an explosion of bright decorations.

Take a look around you. Choose one of the light sources you see, and make it the focus of your challenge entry. It can be a dramatic chandelier or a pair of dying candles; the moon, a row of glaring lightbulbs in the parking lot, or a gaudy lava lamp stored in your attic: anything goes. The light doesn’t even have to be switched on: some lamps are just as fascinating for their shape as for the photons they emit.”

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Sadly, shortly after I finished this post I learned of Nelson Mandela’s death earlier today (12/5/13).  It is my hope that Mr. Mandela’s legacy will endure and that his life’s work, his leadership, and his compassion will continue to have a deep impact well beyond his years on this earth.  

I will leave you with my photos and with a favorite quote that many believe was uttered by Mr. Mandela.  While there is controversy about whether he ever spoke these words (written by Marianne Williamson in Return To Love), I think the sentiment so perfectly relates to my vision of how Mr. Mandela lived his life that I feel compelled to share it here regardless:   

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

The world lost an amazing source of light and life today.

Thank you for visiting my little corner of the world, for voting (if you choose to), and for bringing light into my life.

breast cancer let there be light thirties 30's 30s puerto rico mom twins kids young

breast cancer let there be light thirties 30's 30s puerto rico mom twins kids young

breast cancer let there be light thirties 30's 30s puerto rico mom twins kids young

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If you would like to participate in this or a future challenge, just click here to visit The Daily Post.

12 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light

  1. That Nelson Mandela quote is so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes. I had read it before but forgotten about it. I felt like he was speaking directly to me and the decisions I face about what to do with the rest of my life. We, as women, need to read that every day.

    • Thank you so much for your comment. I agree completely — and you have inspired me to take your advice and print the quote out and carry it with me so I can remember the message and remember that it is okay to strive to find the light that once was inside me. It is so easy to lose ourselves, to forget that we are all special human beings with something to contribute. Thank goodness for people like Mr. Mandela who, by being the best they can be, encourage us all to be better people.
      Thank you for taking the time to comment, and I wish you all the best with your decisions — I believe you will make the right choices and that you will shine.
      Warmest wishes to you…

  2. Why didn’t WordPress tell me you posted? Pffft. Better late than never. I love your photos, and I’m going toprint out that Mandela quote and stick it on the fridge as a reminder that it’s ok to be a big kid, and I whould do it more. Just voting for your blog as I type – good luck, you deserve to win because your blog is so humane, communicative and homely. Big nuggs xoxo

    • Aww, thank you, MM! Not sure what’s going on with WordPress — I’ve heard that from more than a few people lately!
      You always say the nicest things! And I appreciate the votes, though it’s a bit of a lost cause. But still nice to get votes & feel loved!!! And your comment makes me feel so special…
      Big hugs to you — and happy holidays across the miles! xoxoxo

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