To conquer,
is to gain mastery over,
Merriam-Webster asserts.
But I also want to vanquish,
to win the battles and the war.
The war against discontent,
against the heavy burden of keeping score,
against the lie that for life to be better,
I need to keep acquiring more.

For I desire a life of gratitude,
fragranced by grace and love,
to daily see the blessings
given by the Father above.
To look at each person
and see Imago Dei.
To appreciate the present moment
instead of letting it slip away,
as I worry about the future
and remain haunted
by what I cannot change.

I know these goals are lofty
and not easily achieved,
but the cost of inactivity makes
worthwhile every effort
to make them reality.

via Daily Prompt: Conquer


Developing Your Eye: Day 6, Solitude


Defined as a state or situation of being alone by choice
Sometimes it is a need.
Not just a preference.
© E. Wright, July 2016

Developing Your Eye: Day 5, Connect


Fences are physical boundaries, it is true.
But personal boundaries facilitate connection
because to connect with another person in a healthy manner,
each must be clear where he/she stops and the other begins.
Also, it must be clear what is acceptable and what is not.
“Fences” or personal boundaries promote healthy connection.
© E. Wright, July 2016


Developing Your Eye, Day 3: Water




I thought of capturing the fountain in a small park but it was waterless when I drove by. Also thought of a man-made lake near a local golf course in my town but could not see a place to park which did not require me navigating a somewhat busy street on foot. Then the words, “a cup of water in My name,” came to mind. I recognized it as a phrase from a Scripture verse, which a subsequent search revealed to be Mark 9:41. I decided to photograph a cup of water and placed it outside on my deck as a symbol of the “cups of water” such as hope and encouragement that are desperately needed in our world more than ever now, and which we all can offer, even if only to one person.






The town of my birth was divided by a river and my family home was the equivalent of two blocks away from the river.  Beginning in childhood, I crossed the river at least once per week. Perhaps this is one reason that I love being near large bodies of water and why this body of water in Ft. Worth, TX, reminds me of home.

The Daily Post
Photography: Developing Your Eye I: Day 1



Irritants and Pearls


Pearls, I have heard and read,
are the result of an oyster’s response
to a grain of sand or other irritating substance
(Note the fact that the substance is irritating, please)
which is stuck between its mantle and shell.

It secrets nacre (a substance also known as mother of pearl),
which coats the irritant
and, over a period of years,
(Attend to the fact that the process takes time, please)
forms a lustrous pearl.

Unlike the oyster,
my process is to evict irritants from my life as soon as possible,
and I wonder now, what thing of value could I have created
if I had used what I have within to transform, over time, that which irritated?

Written in response to The Daily Post’s prompt, “Grain.”


If we were having coffee

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If we were having coffee/tea, I would ask you about your day, week, or season of life. And I would have silenced my phone. And I would strive to give you my undivided attention. And I would remind myself to truly listen to you instead of just waiting to speak. And I would try to refrain from giving advice unless you ask for it and, even if you do, I would want to first empathize with your struggle and try to be a sounding board or help you brainstorm solutions. And if I give advice, I would try to do so tentatively, couching my words in questions, and not as gospel, as in the “from-G0d’s-mouth-to-my-ears” variety. If we were having coffee/tea, I hope you would feel heard and cared for when our time together came to an end.