Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background 12

This week the WordPress.com photo challenge is brought to us by Michael Pick. He asked us to take a picture of ourselves or of someone else as a shadow, a reflection, or a lesser part of a scene, making the background, or the foreground, the center of attention.

The Hindu word, namasté (pronounced nah-mah-STAY). When I read "Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words" by Kevin Hall, I learned that Mahatma Gandhi once told Albert Einstein, “Namasté. It means I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the place in you of light, love, truth, peace, and wisdom.” Hall notes, “It recognizes that no one, not one soul, in the human family is exempt from receiving gifts that are uniquely his or her own.”

The Hindu word, namasté (pronounced nah-mah-STAY).
When I read Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words by Kevin Hall, I learned that Mahatma Gandhi once told Albert Einstein, “Namasté. It means I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the place in you of light, love, truth, peace, and wisdom.”
Hall notes, “It recognizes that no one, not one soul, in the human family is exempt from receiving gifts that are uniquely his or her own.”

This one was not as easy for me to capture as I anticipated. Remember I am a total amateur photographer. I never even tried to take creative shots until this past year and I still use the auto settings on most shots.

I decided to take a photo of a recent addition to my computer screen with me in the background creating a shot similar to Michael’s. My first attempts did not show me at all because I was using the blank screen which was black. The flash came on in most of the auto settings too and this resulted in a rainbow bunny ear type of image from a light I turned on to try to prevent this. Then, I resorted to using the flash disabled setting normally used for dark scenes, but even then I found I needed some light to reflect my image onto the screen.

Finally, I opened a curtain and centered the image from one of my first attempts  onto the screen, so there was more light to reflect my image allowing me to capture this image.

Following Gandi’s Example and Honoring the Place in You of Light, Love, Truth, Peace, and Wisdom

Find out how to add your voice to Bloggers for Peace by clicking on the link. It is easy and you only need to devote one post a month to peace, share the instructions, and link to one other post about peace. You post can be a picture, a poem, a work of fiction, etc. It just has to be about peace. This month I am sharing Sarah Neeve’s inspiring post: B4Peace – Love Thy Neighbor along with this photo and quote.

Go to Kozo and Cheri’s site to see more bloggers for peace posts.

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Delightfully Different Life to “I Wish I Didn’t Have Aspergers”: #AutismPositivity2012 Flash Blog Event 5

Dear Aspie,

I understand how you might feel that way. There are people in this world who think we should all be like them. They make others feel bad about themselves. They do not understand that you have many gifts to offer the world. I want to share with you a favorite quote I came across again recently while reading  Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words by Kevin Hall:

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight.  

E.E. Cummings

This is the life of an Aspie, but I want you to know the fight is worthwhile.

Much of the book is Hall’s conversations with Professor Arthur Watkins, Master of Words. Hall is not learning the words for the first time, rather he is learning more about the origin of words and the power hidden within words. I am only beginning the book, but I want to share with you the definition of two words.

The Hindu word, namasté (pronounced nah-mah-STAY). According to Hall, Mahatma Gandhi once told Albert Einstein, “Namasté. It means I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the place in you of light, love, truth, peace, and wisdom.” Hall notes, “It recognizes that no one, not one soul, in the human family is exempt from receiving gifts that are uniquely his or her own.” He goes on to describe every individual as authentic.

Arthur Watkins noted authentic comes from two words one means self and one means being. Therefore, authentic “means being yourself.”

Hall states, “Namasté salutes authenticity. Society often does not.”

I think it should.

Many are trying to change this and they are true inspirations. I wrote about some of them earlier this month for autism awareness. Please read: Three Voices of Inspiration and More Than Autism Awareness: Acceptance, Appreciation, and Accommodation So They Can Soar! 

I believe your generation will be the one to truly change the world to a kinder and more accepting place. Please stay around to see it happen and please celebrate your uniqueness for it really is a good thing.