Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape: “Lucky Live Hawaii” 13

We all have things that we want to escape, and our views of how to do this vary. This week Cheri Lucas Rowlands is challenging us to show how we escape. Lately my escape is appreciating the beauty around me. Can’t wait to see and/ or hear how you escape!

Beautiful lei.

Plumeria: pretty wherever they fall.

Plumeria: pretty wherever they fall.

Freshly planted.

Freshly planted.

Summer swell makes Aloha Friday happy for surfers.

Summer swells makes Aloha Friday happy for surfers on Oahu’s South shores today.

Capturing the sea spray made me happy.

Capturing the sea spray made me happy and grateful. “Lucky I live Hawaii.”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern 6

This week Sara Rosso is challenging us to share photos that represent patterns to us. The world is full of patterns so I can’t wait to see what others are posting. My favorite patterns are from mother nature, but I also love architectural patterns. What about you?

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above 5

I am grateful for the Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above by Sara Rosso. The idea is to change your perspective on something by photographing it directly from above. I love the idea. I believe a change of perspective can be eye-opening. Don’t you?

Fallen Plumeria

Fallen Plumeria

Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture 4

This week’s photo challenge had me exploring major emotions. Why?

First, my culture is not one culture. I live in a multicultural state and my family is bicultural. The culture where I grew up certainly influences me still. Sometimes the culture of my past clashes with where I am now. The biggest clash is related to religion. Religion is a big part of culture when you grow up in a rural community in the southern part of the United States.

I still have great faith in the Holy Trinity which is largely influenced by my childhood, but I also have come to admire religious leaders of other faiths. I believe there is more than one path to God.

Rabbi Albert L. Lewis said, “Why Tree’s….Why not one prefect tree for the whole earth?” He went on to explain there are oaks and elms, etc. Then he said, “Many trees, the branches all leading to God.” He explained that hate is wrongly engaged in the name of religion for all religions teach, “Honor thy neighbor!”

I love what HH the 14th Dalai Lama said about different religions, “I always believe that it is much better to have a variety of religions, a variety of philosophies, rather than one single religion or philosophy. This is necessary because of the different mental dispositions of each human being. Each religion has certain unique ideas or techniques, and learning about them can only enrich one’s own faith.”

I certainly do not think it is my place to tell you what your path should be. I know Jesus preached love and understanding. I believe that religion is a very personal thing. I think it is important to cultivate a spirit of aloha for all.