Project Alicia : WW: I choose hope.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

WW: I choose hope.

As I was editing these sweet camellia's yesterday, the tragic events in Boston flashed across the television monitor. My mind immediately went to my sister and brother-in-law who were there for the event. My heart raced as I quickly dialed the number. I needed reassurance.
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The phone was answered promptly and I let out a huge exhale as my sister's voice relayed an account of their recent activity. He had finished twenty minutes prior and they were out of harm's way.
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But for many others this was not their fate. In that split second their world forever changed.
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As events unfolded and gruesome photos and videos filled every sliver of cyberspace, I felt sick. It was yet another reminder of the evil that is among us- in our schools, our malls, our hometowns... in places that should be safe.

Our security and peace of mind once again compromised, leaving us vulnerable and restless. Unable to process or comprehend such madness.
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I grasped to put my mind at ease, but it was a whirring jumble of thoughts. I returned to my editing for a distraction. And there it was, staring me right in the face. My delicate, pink flowers. A calm washed over me and it was as if they were speaking directly to my heart. I realized that just as these sweet petals are a symbol of hope, there is still much grace and compassion in the world.

Good was oozing out of the streets of Boston...
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The prayers offered up for those injured or hurting. The love shared across the nation in tweets and facebook posts. The selfless acts of kindness carried out in both big and small, quiet ways.

I saw it in the firefighters and other first responders. Medics. Volunteers. Officers. Moms. Veterans. Runners. Even the strangers who raced towards the carnage to offer help...

These are the beautiful faces of hope. Wonderful reminders of the innate goodness that still exists in the world. Not because of a tragedy. But because that's who they are. Who we are.

And no matter what we face, good will always conquer and win out in the end.

Today I choose hope.

51 comments:

  1. Beautiful thoughts and photos! So thankful to hear your loved ones are safe.

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  2. Hope arises as we see people reacting, caring, uniting ... Such a lovely post, Alicia!

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  3. beautiful words and beautiful photos. just gorgeous.

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  4. I was so shocked when I heard about this event and the awful things that happend . A friend of mine participated, too. But gladly he is fine! Beautiful photos!

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  5. Yes, yes and yes! I'm right there with you... with friends that were there, relief to know they were okay, heartbreak for others and tears of hope seeing the good come through people. I talked a little about it in my morning Maternity post as well. Great post, Alicia! And beautiful photos as well. :)

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  6. Beautiful post.
    http://labellavidaaa.blogspot.ie/

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  7. such a beautiful post Lish. thankful that your sister and brother-in-law are safe. praying for so many hurt by this senseless act and those who witnessed it. your photos are soft and lovely, a symbol of hope and beauty in a crazy world.

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  8. So glad they are okay. What terror - and yet your photos show how much beauty is in the world. Praying for those affected by this senseless tragedy.

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  9. these photos are just beautiful! and I'm so glad your family is ok! So tragic what happened, praying for Boston

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  10. Beautiful photos, and beautiful tribute and werds... It is in the news over here in Australia!!
    Mines up as well at AussiePomm - 4th Anniversary which is a short montage of my late wife...
    Have a great day!!

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  11. So good to hear that your family is fine. Prayers here said for all the one who were hurt.

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  12. Lovely photos.. like the magical surreal edits to it.

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  13. Great post and beautiful photos!

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  14. Amen, Alicia - Amen.

    Gorgeous shots as usual, and I'm SO glad your sister and BIL are OK - 20 minutes! That's a sobering thought. ((HUGZ!!))

    WW: Dorky Cat

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  15. Beautiful post! And your photos are gorgeous! Good will win over evil. It is just a matter of time.

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  16. I agree, a beautiful post.

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  17. Glad that your friends and family were safe. So sad to see what happened.

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  18. I am over the moon for your photography!!

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  19. PieniLintu LintunenWednesday, 17 April, 2013

    It is so sad when things like this happens. :( I'm so glad that your family members are safe! <3


    Your photos are so beautiful!!

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  20. more camellias

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  21. I'm glad your sister and brother-in-law were safe. I don't usually share links on my WW posts when I go visiting, but I think you might find something nice in what I had to say yesterday: http://www.sparklecat.com/special/purrs-to-the-heroes

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  22. Good Lord, I love the textures you used here! I haven't tried textures yet because I'm a little bit scared. Haha Anyway, glad your sister and brother-in-law were safe, far away from the tragic when it happened. I pray for those who are wounded. My heart is broken.

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  23. I am so sorry to hear about the bombing, sent a lot of prayers to the victims and I am glad your family are okay. Lovely shots.

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  24. Glad you and your family are safe! Such a sad time! x

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  25. Hope indeed.

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  26. Hope indeed. It has been shocking hearing about it in Australia. I have no idea what it would be like for you. It is scary. Xo

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  27. Beautiful words and images Alicia! Yes, we must hold on to hope and faith. XX

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  28. Your photos always astound me, Alicia!


    Yes, hope indeed!

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  29. Beautiful post. I grew up watching the marathon and lived near the starting line. I had many friends and family members at the marathon watching and volunteering. Luckily, everyone is ok. Your photos give me hope. Thanks!

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  30. Thank you, Claudia. "... hearts that choose hope all speak the same language..." Such inspired words.

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  31. Textures are one of the easiest things to use. I actually have a tutorial you could check out. http://www.projectalicia.com/2011/01/using-actions-and-textures-to-achieve.html#.UW6gC7Vg-EE And I recommend starting with still photography first.

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  32. Glad
    to hear your family is safe. And it's lovely to see such hope, kindness, &
    selflessness that countered such an awful event.

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  33. Such a beautiful post! Hope, such greatness in that word x

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  34. I'm so glad your sister and brother-in-law are safe. Your "hope" camellias are gorgeous!

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  35. beautiful post. glad your family is okay... hugs to you

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  36. Gorgeous flowers! I love your editing on these in particular. Thank you for your beautiful words, as well!

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  37. Great post! Glad to hear your family, friends are ok! We were out that whole day so I didnt see anything that was going on till around dinner time and it was amazing! The pictures and videos were all over! :/

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  38. We must always have hope, it keep us together

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  39. I loved your post and your pictures.

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  40. So glad you joined me for Wordless Wednesday Bloggers. More than 100 people partied with us! Thanks for linking up and don’t forget the Friday Flash Blog later this week.

    Jennifer

    www.thejennyevolution.com

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  41. Gorgeous photos and words!

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  42. You do write beautifully...there is still much goodness in this world...just may have to look a bit further to find it, but it is there :)

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  43. Thank you for your beautiful photos and words of hope. Much needed in these times and much appreciated.

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  44. I'm glad to hear that your sister and her family was safe. I did the same thing about my friend who lives there. Luckily, they decided not to go to the marathon. But yes, prayers and love to those who did. Thanks posting a little bit of comfort for everyone here.... smiles...

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  45. Gorgeous flowers.

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  46. I wanted to stop by and thank you for visiting on WW while I was away, I can see I missed some wonderful photos, I love the roses!!!
    Here is an invitation to stop by this week, have a great night, Karren Haller Oh My Heartsie WW" w/Linky

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