Saturday, July 18, 2009

arms wide open.

"Don't look at the ground! The ground hasn't changed since the last time you looked at it." - Biggest loser UK

I have been here less because I am working on three projects. One of those is a brand new website that is all mine! I'm designing the header at the moment and part of that has been scouring the creative commons at Flickr and istock photo for inspiration. Late late at night in a fit of
desperation, I typed in 'spiritual' as part of a search.

Imagine my delight when image after image came up of people with their arms flung open wide in joy. In amongst the more anticipated photographs of religious icons and images, people stood with their arms flung wide in surrender and celebration.

Intrigued, I checked iphoto to see whether or not I had a picture there of that feeling - and I did! I was alone when I took this shot, but I remember wanting to capture the feelings of beauty and expansion and gratitude that I was feeling in that moment on a walk home. That is a picture of joy. And flung-open arms, it seems, is a common way to show that feeling.

So what about you? When was the last time that you felt compelled to fling open your arms to embrace the space you were in? When was the last time you expressed that much joy? Do you have a picture in your archives of someone with their arms out like that? Is it you? I'd love to see that shot. I'd like to know you've felt that way too!

"Maybe in time, you will find, your arms are wrapped around the sun." - Deb Talan (Big Strong Girl)

5 comments:

tan!a said...

Hello,
I love your photo & post, I can feel your joy.

I opened my arms earlier today, I embraced the periode I'm in right now. I'm in a period of my life I always dreamed off. Now I'm living it!

I'm also working on 3 projects. Two weeks ago I started to write down the 3 most imported goals I want to achieve in my life.Each day I work on it. I write a lot, see things in my head. I actually "DO" things. That's quite new to me.

So, I recognize your happiness.

I wish you a lot of fun with your 3 projects, your own website…!

I don't think I have a photo with my arms wide open…

PixieDust said...

Funny you should ask! This is my first time stopping by your blog, and your happy shadow caught my attention immediately-just Tuesday I posted such happy shadows of me!

:-D

Good luck on your new website, and keep flinging those arms wide open...

:-)

Marianne said...

I feel the urge to fling my arms wide open almost every time I walk from my house down to the beach. Sometimes I do, sometimes I just do it in my heart (especially if my arms are busy holding my coat together to keep out the biting wind) but I don't think I've ever taken a photograph of that moment. Great idea!

pERiWinKle said...

Don't have a photo of my arms wide open, but every night when I get in bed next to Kellen, I get this overjoyed! amazing feeling of happiness, coming from somewhere inside, all the way up to my throat...which leaves my face with a smile...for such happiness and joy is indescribable! xx

chest of drawers said...

Yes, I know that feeling!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chestofdrawers/2830351308/in/set-72157607123139535/