“Of the many interesting facts about the magnolia flower, the most striking one is that it is a very old flower. In fact, there are fossils dating back 20 million years that show that the flower has been gracing Earth since the very beginning of time, so to say. The magnolia is also a very tough, hard flower, unlike other delicate flowers. This is owing to the fact that it has had to adapt to changing climactic and geological conditions in order to survive, and it is precisely due to this feature that the flower represents endurance, eternity, and long life.” _ Buzzle.
The Magnolia means Endurance or Perseverance.
“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear — not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain
Why do I link endurance and perseverance to courage and fear? Because, I went to a presentation by Beth Fitzgerald Allen of DIY Hip Chicks today. She is an inspiration and her message of “flushing” fear was so motivating. The history and meaning of the Magnolia reminded me of Beth’s presentation. Beth stated ” Courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to move forward any way” – reminding me of Mark Twain (above).
We all must endure, persevere, and push forward despite of our fears if we are going to accomplish our goals and achieve success and joy.
“Lucid dreaming has considerable potential for promoting personal growth and self-development, enhancing self-confidence, improving mental and physical health, facilitating creative problem solving and helping you to progress on the path to self-mastery.” – Stephen LaBerge
Who is with me that dogs are part of the family? This is our family dog, Daisy, aka Crazy Daisy or Daisy Duker Dog. She is nothing shy of a challenge to photograph – constant motion and little sitting pretty. And yes, that is a pomegranate she is playing with… The images above capture her personality though…
“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” – Roger Caras
This week is Monochromania Week on Monochromia, the black and white photography blog I contribute to every Thursday. Please be sure to check out my post for today as well as the other posts. They are all so creative and fun! When viewing my image of the Monopoly game, note that the properties are named after the main contributors and inspiring photographers of Monochromia.