This week Patti of the famed Lens-Artists quartet shows us a beautiful photo of the interior of the Notre Dame cathedral and urges us to share our interpretation of blue –the colo(u)r, the mood, or the time of day!
Me and you are subject to the blues now and then
But when you take the blues and make a song
You sing them out again
Sing them out again Song sung blue – Neil Diamond
Yes you sing them out again – music certainly lift the spirit but you can hike them out as well and realize that the grandeur of the blue skies can be touched by mere humans, as my friend Danie’s shadow illustrates on the aptly name Rockhopper trail near Wellington (all photos taken in South Africa).
⇓Or you can cycle it out, even if you ask yourself why you are doing it to yourself when struggling uphill, only to adrenalize those thoughts into non-existence on the single track descents – at the top of Majik Forest MTB cycling track.
⇓And in sailing on a calm(ish) Cape of Storms Atlantic ocean, in a pirate ship called the Jolly Roger, with such a view, you cannot be but jolly.
⇓Or you and your daughter can simply stroll it out, on the Sea Point Promenade and enjoy all the blue you can touch with your eyes and fingers.
⇓Or marvel it out. Sometimes it is necessary to realize that I am but a spectator. I cannot create this scene; maybe if I had the ability to similize it on a canvas but my brush simply is not long enough to touch the sky. But my lens can and it brought me immense pleasure to to take this series of photos see: Temporary Topguns
⇓This camelhorse (well that is what a giraffe is called when translated directly from Afrikaans), leisurely strolled across the road in The Kruger National Park and reminds me to look up, away from what is bothering and frustrating me. Look it out; hey man, just check it out…
Let’s enjoy all the “songs”, the experiences which make our lives more meaningful, realising that life does have its struggles and pains as well, but even these make us more complete people; people with grace.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed 2 Cor4: 8 and 9
Sometimes complicated lives need to be uncluttered and simple songs sung. In the recording underneath Neil Diamond add these words to the start of the song, which isn’t part of the official lyrics:
This is not a sad song,
a sad song to sing when you are alone
In its way a glad song,
yes a glad song
A simple tune that simply seems,
to make you feel good when you sing along: