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Leaflet of a Palm frond...
[Areca Palm]

...with water droplet
from the sprinkler system [not rain!]

This week, being the 100th Macro Monday we were encouraged to find something with 100 in it...I'm thinking there are 100 leaf blades in this photo...combining ALL the leaves.

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In a conversation of sorts through commenting to each other online, the other person said to me: "We all deserve to be admired, respected, and appreciated...recognized" I in turn said: "But, we, as the human species, are not perfect." Meaning, no one is perfect in any way shape or form. I can't see in the near future anyone being perfected enough to recognize, admire, respect and appreciate each and every soul on the face of the earth. Realizing later, after the fact, that the one I had this conversation with, was thinking of their past; the abusive relationship of long a way, thinking in terms of their personal issue instead of the whole picture. Then, I remembered this; thinking again that the above conversation had a little bit of 'oneness' in their thoughts. One thought that perhaps they conquered and was hoping against odds that respect and appreciation could become real even tho the world is a 'broken place'. And, I will email this to them, hoping there is a better understanding. It's not necessarily a sermon of sorts, it's just to try and get a point across that imperfection is indeed in existence here on earth in the same way as the naration below depicts, and will not change no matter how many dreams are dreamt....

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A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, 'Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.'

The Lord led the holy man to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and made the holy man's mouth water.

The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful. But because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering.

The Lord said, 'You have seen Hell.'
They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one.

There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man's mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.

The holy man said, 'I don't understand.'

'It is simple,' said the Lord. 'It requires but one skill. You see they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves.'

...trouble with the world these days, IN MY OPINION, is we all just think selfishly and can't see the whole picture. And I'm included in this, I'm far from perfect. There are the realists and those that have the romantic point of view where they think in terms like the conversation I had with the other. Maybe we do deserve to be appreciated and respected, at first. The realism of this point of view, tho, brings to mind, terrorists, murderers, rapists, robbers, mothers who drown their babies...etc, etc. etc. I ask, just how can we respect and admire ones that harm us either physically or mentally?


  1. I agree with you, Anni. My mother always taught me that respect must be earned, unless of course you were a child and the other party was a parent, teacher, pastor, etc. As far as admiration? I know some people whose only admirable feat is that they can inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide.

  2. Anonymous8/23/2010

    Beautiful photo...even if from the sprinkler system. :)

    Yes no one is perfect. Not one single one of us is. That being said, I believe that with all of our imperfections that "We all deserve to be admired, respected, and appreciated...recognized" Imperfections are part of who we are. They help make up or existence. Our being. You have to accept the good with the bad. The happy with the sorrow. It is what makes the world go round actually. But then when it comes to murders, robbers, mothers who drown their babies, etc. etc. there is no excuse for them there and that's when admired, respected, appreciated and recognized comes to a halt. There is a huge difference from not being perfect and breaking the law. You cross that line, it all stops. You blew it. You did wrong. And if, and this is a big IF you can redeem yourself you can start all over to try and earn all of that back from those around you. But I doubt seriously if you have gone to that extent in the first place, that you will ever be able to change the way you are.

    But with all other imperfections yes we still deserve those. And when we give those it makes us just one step closer to perfect as well as when we get those from others it makes them that much closer as well.

    Rock On!!!

  3. I too think respect and admiration won't do the trick. Maybe to babies as a means of prevention. But perhaps empathy would be a better way to go. Respect and admiration make me think of the people who get famous by "leaking" sex tapes. I certainly can attempt to value them as people because they are human beings but I don't think this kind of behavior deserves my respect.

    Your photo is beautiful.

  4. i love your photo, it is great!!!

  5. Your opinion rocks! So does the Palm frond.

  6. Wow!!! What a wonderful picture!!! Well done!!! Cathy

  7. Great Macro Anni. You are so right about our imperfect world. If more people lived by the "Golden Rule" wouldn't it be Lovely!!!!

  8. Definitely at least 100!

  9. Anonymous8/23/2010

    Beautiful macro almost looks like those water drops are radiating with light...that must be from Heaven! :)

  10. Very good point, sweetpea. I always try to see the large picture but it's very tough sometimes for his ol' lady. HOWEVER, I do know the ending of the Book! And that gives me hope.

  11. Anonymous8/23/2010

    Great macro. Love the way you caught that water droplet!

  12. Wonderful focus and green tones!

  13. That's a wonderful photo Anni and I love that little jeweled reflection on the tip of the leaf. Your post was very thought provoking, I enjoyed reading it.
    An English Girl Rambles

  14. Wow Anni you captured it really well. Good job with that!
    About the question, I don't know it's kind of hard to respect or admire them but actually they too are already in turmoil inside. It's just that they took innocent people to manifest what's inside of them and that is bad. Happy Monday!
    Yellow Pick-up

  15. Your photo is so beautiful.
    I agree with you and I enjoy reading your posts.
    If everyone was like door too in this world it sure would be a much more lovely world.

  16. Anni
    What a great post you have written for all of us to think about and consider.
    You are right none of us are prefect.
    Glad I stopped by today. I needed to read this.
    Love ya

  17. Love your new header, such a cute Hedge Hog.
    Mama Bear

  18. Lovely macro !
    But your new Blog outfit is great ! I love the header soooooo cute !

  19. You're awesome! The droplet is shining so brightly!

  20. wow...well done...i'm missed the 100 mark!