It is cold and wet and miserable here, our long Autumn suddenly disappeared and I fear with only a few days left, Winter has arrived early, we have even had snow in the hills this week. I used to relish going out and photographing nature in all her glory, even on days like this. I fear I am becoming soft and lax again, and much prefer my calming serene still life to a cold wet grey Melbourne day, perhaps a waterfall or two? While it may be Memorial Day in the States, we had ANZAC day last month, I fear one day for one battle is not just, but we do have Remembrance Day on November, but it does not seem to have the same impact here.
Time for Melanie’s questions for this week…
Do you consider yourself a pessimist or an optimist? I consider myself 50/50. Some days I am a little pessimistic, the way I was brought up, to never trust anyone or anything…nurture is a little hard to get away from some times. But I would like to think that most of the time I am an optimist…even just saying that is optimistic is it not?
Can War ever be just? No, I don’t think it can. Who are you to say your way of thinking is better than mine, or theirs, or vice versa? Violence and brutality only bring violence and brutality, there can never be any other way. Those that try to dictate their edicts on others are tyrants and monsters. Some say they do it for the good of mankind, but usually, it is only for the good of the few or their own pockets.
Think about the people you love most in your life, what do you do for them? I would do everything in my power to keep them safe and happy, but I would not, or perhaps could not kill for them. I would also not do something that they wanted if I did not believe it was in their best interest; support a drug habit, or give money to a gambler.
Are you health conscious? No, not really. I don’t smoke (I gave up about 5 years ago), I don’t drink very often, I try to eat relatively healthy, but I do not like exercise much, I am fat and lazy, yes, but also I have back, hip and knee problems and too much walking is painful…I will and do however push myself to get out and about occasionally, especially if I have a camera in my hand 🙂
Gratitude, Thankfulness, Wonder, Awe and Joy!
As always, all of the above…I finally had the new heater installed at home, just in time for this horrible cold weather, nice and cosy. I got to spend some time visiting a friend who lives far away and I do not see as often as I would like. My business is doing well and slowly growing, thanks to all my loyal supporters and friends. In amongst the busy-ness I am still managing to find moments of still to BE, create and to spend time with family and friends.
Stay warm my friends, or for those up North, enjoy your Spring and the warmer weather…
~ Julz, xo