The challenge Amy gave us this week is: Five elements.
Five Elements Theory is a Chinese philosophy which describes that the world changes according to the five elements’ generating or overcoming relationships.
Generating Interactions – The five generating interactions are fueling, forming, containing, carrying, and feeding:
- Wood fuels fire
- Fire forms earth
- Earth contains metal
- Metal carries water
- Water feeds wood
Overcoming Interactions – The five overcoming interactions are melting, penetrating, separating, absorbing, and quenching:
- Fire melts metal
- Metal penetrates wood
- Wood separates earth
- Earth absorbs water
- Water quenches fire
The interactions illustrate the relationship even though they are not necessarily in the exact order as listed above. Source
The Five Elements Theory is also related to the Chinese Zodiac and Fengshui, a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy. Source
A ball of fire going down behind the silhouette of woods in my neighborhood, California
Metal Bridge, Moulton Falls Regional Park, Washington
Hollow wood in Silver Falls, Portland, Oregon
One of the waterfalls in Silver Falls, Portland, Oregon
Muddy earth after eruption in 1980, Mt St. Helen, Washington
I have written a post about My daughter Mercy. I love her dearly.
November 22 is my birthday. Some years, my birthday falls on Thanksgiving Day. This year, it was the day before Thanksgiving. My daughter Mercy, her husband Will, and baby Autumn came on Sunday, November 19 and stayed until the day after Thanksgiving.
On my birthday, we went to the mall to do window shopping. We then had some photos taken in front of the only Christmas tree. Santa was there for kids’ visit and photos. We were going to have photos taken with different decorations, but it seemed like the decorations were down to minimal. Perhaps I hadn’t been to the mall during Christmas for many years and didn’t realize the shrinkage.
We had dinner at a restaurant. Mercy gave me a booklet for my birthday present. It entitled “I Love You, Mom. And Here’s Why!” Each page has a prompt for her to share her thoughts with me. When we got home, I couldn’t wait but read through the twenty-one pages. My eyes were filled with tears from the first line of Mercy’s writing, and the smile mixed with tears for the remaining pages.
Here are two examples of the pages.
I love you very much, Mercy!
My husband and I live in southern California. My daughter and her husband live in Portland Oregon. There is 1,000 miles in distance. We visit each other several times a year and go places together. My “wish” or “desire” has been that we live closer together. We could just hop over for dinner. We could have a game night until late, and still not too far away to get home. We could go for a walk and talk about everyday life. With technology, there’s no limit to send a text, get on the phone, or skype. Yet, there is nothing compare to being close by and able to do thing spontaneously.
Photos: Portland airport, Japanese Garden OR, Laguna Beach CA, Multnomah Fall, OR
Weekly Photo Challenge: Wish
A little hole here,
A little gap there.
The missing parts
Bring about by oversight.
Insecure feeling in a child, who
Needs a nod or a smile;
Hurtful heart in a spouse, who
Waits for a word of love;
Unsure look on a friend, who
Expects a hug before goodbye.
Mending the difference is an essence; by
Slower the pace of interaction,
Ensuring sensitive attention,
Valuing relationship over tasks done.
Oversight is to be forgiven, or
Bridge the gap with a kiss and a hug!
Daily Prompt: Oversight