Monday, April 01, 2013

Beyond Layers Day 95 / March Photo-Heart Connection : What does your heart say?

The words come from Max Erhmann's Desiderata.  They  have special meaning for me.  In my early 20s, I was walking home from work one day and saw these words in a shop window.  It really struck me--in a good way!   At the time, I was really struggling with low self-esteem, so the idea that I belonged here was revolutionary in my mind.  It felt like a message in a bottle from my soul during a low period in my life.  Something I badly needed to hear at the time, and something I was ready to hear, too.  I was beginning to open up to those messages and to heal.

I offer them here to anyone out there as low as I was then and who needs to hear these words :

You are a Child of the Universe
No less than the Trees and the Stars
You have a Right to be here.
And whether or not is it clear to you,
The Universe is unfolding as it should.
                       --Max Ehrmann, Desiterata

Here's the original photo from our trip to Alaska last summer.  The most interesting thing about this photo turned out to be the bookeh in the foreground, so I zoomed in on that and cropped it down. 

Here's the cropped bit to which I RadLab-bed it with  Prettyizer, Cool as a Cucumber, and Lights Out.
Then I added the Text, and overlayed everything with a Golden Texture #11 from Sirius_sdz's Texture Pack 14.   [Please check out this person's textures--Gorgeous!]

Although the BL Day 95 assignment came out a few weeks ago, I've been saving this post to pair up with the March Photo-Heart Connection.   See other Photo-Heart Connection Offerings for March.


Kathryn said...

I love the way the sun dances in this image, such beautiful words too.

Maria Ontiveros said...

Terrific photo and terrific editing, especially paired with those words. Thanks for sharing,
Rinda (visiting from PHC)

Sandra said...

I love the sparkles in the water - so nice with your words!

Colleen Ray said...

I never would have thought to use that photo crop. Love the way it sparkles! Very creative - it works beautifully with the quote.

Miriam said...

Lovely PHC, words and picture. thanks for the link to the texture.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Such a beautiful image - and fabulous words. Thank you.

Cathy H. said...

Beautiful image and processing! Powerful words and quote!

Susan said...

I really like what you did with this image-it shines and twinkles and matches your verse.
I struggle with being low from time to time and I can see how this would be uplifting.
I used to sing in a chorus, when I still was able. The first song I learned when I joined "We Are".

For each child that's born a morning star rises and sings to the universe who we are.
Your phrases reminded me of that.

Kat Sloma said...

Such a wonderful Photo-Heart Connection! I love the crop of those reflections on the water as stars. Paired with the quote, it's powerful. "You have a right to be here." Wow! Thank you for sharing with us, I'm glad you saved it!

Elsie said...

great quote, lovely photos with all that sparkless. said...

So remember the first time I saw this poem back in the 70's.. Lovely process thanks for sharing..

Carolyn Phillips said...

Wow, what a beautiful image to get from that photograph - I would never have guessed how it started.

sherrygaley said...

I had this poster on my wall in my teen-age years. I have always loved the words and I can still repeat the whole longer piece it comes from. Love your creative cropping and processing!

seabluelee said...

What a great image to pair with that verse! It really does look like the reflection of stars.