This month’s article is dedicated to peace… peace of mind, that is. The photograph I have chosen is of the beautiful, simple bloom of the peace plant.
I became a botanical photographer because of my deep appreciation of flowering plants and the beauty and tranquility they offer. It is very difficult to remain stressed when spending time in a flower garden or being surrounded by artwork of flowering plants. Most individuals who purchase botanical art do so because it creates an aura of harmony with nature.
As autumn approaches, there are fewer and fewer flowers left to lift our spirits. Soon the leaves will begin to change, and our thoughts will turn to sweaters and crisp mornings.
The change of season is a good time to reflect. Summer is ebbing, and we find ourselves looking at our vacation time in the rear view mirror. We are heading for the busy schedules fall brings with it. Before you know it, we will be facing ‘Old Man Winter.’
This summer has brought with it a great deal of unrest around the world, creating a longing for peace. Lyndon Johnson said, “Peace is a journey of a thousand miles, and it must be taken one step at a time.”
While most of us have little power to influence peace in the world, we do have the ability to bring peace to our own sphere of influence – that which is within our own control. Perhaps we should start with ‘peace of mind’… the absence of mental stress or anxiety.