This is another one of my experiments with the extension tubes on my macro lens.
I sway, you swoon. Dripping with your elegant darkness; it’s like a cloak wrapped around you. So naive little flower, how you are under the illusion that it can protect you. You are so very mistaken, for the stem will be cut and you will bleed your juices. You will descend into the inky cold, preserved and extended for a time. You will slowly…ever so slowly wither, fed an elixir to keep you half alive. In the end you will perish for the beauty you offer. It matters not anymore though, for you are mine and in this moment we dance together.
“Excerpted from Please Understand Me II
Copyright © 1998 by David Keirsey
If I do not want what you want, please try not to tell me that my want is wrong.
Or if I believe other than you, at least pause before you correct my view.
Or if my emotion is less than yours, or more, given the same circumstances, try not to ask me to feel more strongly or weakly.
Or yet if I act, or fail to act, in the manner of your design for action, let me be.
I do not, for the moment at least, ask you to understand me.
That will come only when you are willing to give up changing me into a copy of you.
I may be your spouse, your parent, your offsping, your friend, or your colleague.
If you will allow me any of my own wants, or emotions, or beliefs, or actions, then you open yourself, so that some day these ways of mine might not seem so wrong, and might finally appear to you as right — for me.
To put up with me is the first step to understanding me.
Not that you embrace my ways as right for you, but that you are no longer irritated or disappointed with me for my seeming waywardness.
And in understanding me you might come to prize my differences from you, and, far from seeking to change me, preserve and even nurture those differences. “
People need to reach out their hand to hold another instead of slapping them away.People need to appreciate the full depth and breadth of the human experience instead of just one sliver.I have written of this before but it bears repeating,just because someone sees the darkness,does not mean they are enveloped by it.There is no positive without the negative and in between the darkness and the light there are a hundred shades of grey.
Every shade should be appreciated,if someones having a shitty,ranty,or dark day,even if you don’t agree or even understand,try to listen, try to see where they are coming from.You can say “Man,you know I don’t feel the way you do but I get it,it must be shitty” instead of ” There must be something seriously wrong with you” Looking at someone with an issue like they have three fricken heads,I’ve seen it,it’s not right.According to my own moral code anyway and it hurts me.It hurts when it’s done to me,it hurts when I see it done to those I care for.People preach how accepting they are, and ohhh lets all hold hands and snuggle,but when someones not acting the way they expect them to,they are left out of the snuggle when they just might need it the most.
This was a crazy storm ! I haven’t had this kind of luck yet this year ,but last summer I was in the thick of it. I must have got hmm maybe 4 decent shots ( by decent, I mean an actual good amount of lightning in the frame) lol The lightning was everywhere, and I was kinda freakin’ out.I have power lines to deal with since this is right in front of my house, I would clone them out but it would be incredibly tedious to make it a convincing job, my patience would become very tested. So here it is, lines and all :) I didn’t do much to this one, I played around with different ways of processing on a couple of the others though..What really gets though is that what I saw was the main bolts and a huge flash, when you take a look at it afterward,you can see many of the intricacies of it structure it’s actually kinda freaky knowing it branched out further that I could comprehend. Truly a moment frozen in time.
The flower replies,”I am doing what I can, existing beautifully in miniature.I do have to say though that this lawn is the pits.I feel so small compared to the dandelions and even that tall grass over there.These people things,need to take that grass shredder out more often.They don’t have that awful weed decapitator though,so perched up on this tree trunk is a sweet deal over all.”
The leaf say’s quietly, ” Then why so blue? You’re kinda purple by the way, purple is a happy color! A royal one, indeed! “
The flower responds,” I don’t know, I just feel like I’m out here in the open, with my petals splayed out and no one notices. I’ve put all this energy into growing and I’d be lucky if I could hold a honey bee on this scrawny stalk of mine, they don’t even try anymore. Sooner or later some of those people things will come by and yank me out of existence and I’ll just be another dried up weed in that pile over there.”
The leaf responds in concerned silence.
Suddenly the flowers demeanor changes ,” See ! Look ! I told you , a people thing has some other plant killing device in it’s hand,it’s going to crush me underfoot or pluck my petals or some other horrible thing! It’s heading right for us! This is no joking matter, We are pretty attached on here, you’re going out with the garbage with me”
The leaf gets nervous and on seeing the people thing crouch down lovingly before the pair with that big device in it’s hands, the leaf smiles inside and says to the flower.
” I can cannot cure your woes, I can only love you and listen and give you a reprieve from the rain above or grant you shade in the harsh afternoon sunlight and be your companion. I can’t magically turn you into a sunflower, though I wish I could. I can only be present, and here with you eternally. I think this people thing is going to grant us immorality. You see, when it clicks that button I think it captures our likeness.So really,you have a best friend,will always be a part of that human things memory and who knows, maybe she will show us to the world. When the seasons change, we will still be.Not as bad of a deal as you thought it was, huh?
The flower is beaming and replies, “That is completely enough for me.”
The leaf says, ” Now I’d fluff those petals of yours,because this is our big moment ! “
How I am enjoying your perfect curves. Wrapped in gentle light and swelling below, in the darkness,where your soul is found. Where you try hide the things, you just cannot hide from me. For they will be revealed in time, inevitably. Your secrets will come undone, and your true glory will be spilled forth. It is more bountiful than you can ever possibly know. Mesmerized by your fount of growth and captivated in delight, I simply marvel, at your life.