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Gift of a Dragonfly

Photo taken by contributor Jim, a man from Texas who has struggled with depression for much of his life.

About this photo: “‘A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.’ ~Dalai Lama

As I continue to seek and find the signature of all things, I keep stumbling onto transparency. I very much like to open all of the window coverings in our home. I so enjoy not only being able to see out, but to also expose what is inside.

I grew up in a home in which we almost never allowed the light in. Not just through the windows but also figuratively. There was so much that needed to be hidden, not shared, God forbid that ordinary people might be able to peak inside at all that went wrong on inside our home.

It has been a struggle for me to maintain my transparency. After all these years, I am still trying to let all the pain out. There is such freedom in allowing the light in and your pain out.

All of this from the simple gift of a dragonfly. I may never again look at them in the same way.

Find more from Jim at his website.


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9 comments on “Gift of a Dragonfly

  1. BookOfBokeh
    October 7, 2014

    An absolutely incredible photo to support an absolutely incredible write up. God speed and God bless!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Crooked Tracks
    October 7, 2014

    The photo plus the words really touched me deeply.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. imaginarytree
    October 8, 2014

    Your photograph is beautiful. Your insight and the thoughts you expressed are very well written and reflect your pain but also your ability to survive. All very moving…
    Thank you for sharing.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Rick Miller
    October 8, 2014

    really love this image!
    thanks for creating and thanks for sharing

    Liked by 1 person

    October 30, 2014

    A very thoughtful article. I got a lot out of getting rid of labels (self-imposed stereotypes), becoming totally authentic whenever I could, and removing cultural and societal programming from my own mind, and not trying to judge myself or others in a negative way (judging in a positive sense, i.e. ‘this is dangerous’, but not ‘they look rich, so they must be mean’ etc).


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