Of reflections and boats

I walked down a leafy forgotten path when I suddenly spied some boats washed up on the shore. Colours fading, lying there overlooked…

… like cast-offs or children’s toys loved and then left.

Two_boats

It struck me that – sometimes – boats are like people.

We might neglect them; only see the outer shell of flaking paint; forget how once those colours glowed and how they carried us across troubled waters.

Boat

What do you see when you look at that boat, that person?

Neglected, abandoned; the beauty gone? Or can you go beyond that to see the jewel that is still there, the beauty and serenity?

Look deep, my friends – because what you really see is your own reflection.

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48 responses

  1. Good analogy……
    really does make you stop and think about those we have “abandoned” along the way in our lives………….not proud moments.

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    November 3, 2009 at 07:00

  2. lilalia

    How I do like that last photo! It shows the beauty and serenity you speak of. It would be nice to grow old like that.

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    November 3, 2009 at 07:42

  3. Amy

    Lovely analogy and gorgeous shots!! It felt so peaceful looking at those photos..thanks for sharing both the photos and the thoughts..

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    November 3, 2009 at 08:37

  4. AL

    We never neglect bots since our country is surrounded by large bodies of water, it is of great necessity to us. I like paddling the boat especially on the calm waters. Nice photos!

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    November 3, 2009 at 11:28

  5. Nice posting, liked your thoughts, and of course lovely pictures.

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    November 3, 2009 at 12:36

  6. Lovely colours. Timely thought.

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    November 3, 2009 at 13:39

  7. You wonder, how those boats came to abandoned. The one filled with water is obviously watertight and could still be used. It’s sad to think of them as people in the same state…though it’s an apt analogy. Still, like people, maybe they could be rescued and put to good use. Let’s choose to believe that’s gonna happen.

    Best Regards, Galen

    Imagineering Fiction Blog

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    November 3, 2009 at 14:03

  8. The photo of the boat is amazing. Gorgeous. Wow. (I’m trying to cut down on my exclamation marks if not the hyperbole.)

    Seriously, LOVE LOVE LOVE that boat pic. I can’t explain it but it totally speaks to me.

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    November 3, 2009 at 14:08

  9. Very inspiring post. I like the reflection of the tree in the boat.

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    November 3, 2009 at 14:12

  10. Wow! Quite the thoughts for this Ozarks farm chick to ponder! Your photos are amazing. So true as we age and our outer self begins to peel away our strength comes from within. I so want to be like the last boat who may be tattered and torn on the outside but full of life on the inside. Thanks for sharing.

    As we say down here in the Missouri Ozarks hills and hollers, Ya’ll have a wonderfully blessed day!!!”

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    November 3, 2009 at 14:31

  11. wow that sure was a ‘food foe thought’ post..

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    November 3, 2009 at 14:51

  12. Beautiful photographs and wonderful thoughts.

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    November 3, 2009 at 15:27

  13. This is a beautiful post. Your words bring depth and reflection to your photos. I’m with Nezzy–I hope to be like the last boat!

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    November 3, 2009 at 15:40

  14. What a very moving, insightful and beautiful post! I love your thoughts and your photos! And I do so agree with you.

    Enjoy the remainder of your week!

    Sylvia

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    November 3, 2009 at 15:54

  15. Very inspirational.

    Really liked that.

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    November 3, 2009 at 16:15

  16. Jen

    I love those shots, and yes it is a great analogy.

    Very thoughtful post, could the cooler weather be making you pensive?

    Jen

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    November 3, 2009 at 16:30

  17. I think it’s really charming.

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    November 3, 2009 at 16:49

  18. I know what you mean-sometimes we don’t nurture our friendships with the people who have ‘carried us across’ rough seas-we should be mindful to nurture those we love (and our boats too-they’ll last longer!)

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    November 3, 2009 at 17:01

  19. Your pictures are wonderful and what you say to us so true.

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    November 3, 2009 at 18:50

  20. I am mulling over your metaphor and your photos add a bit of poetry, too. Very nice, Lady Fi!

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    November 3, 2009 at 19:08

  21. Very nice commentary with your beautiful pictures. I really love the reflection in the last one.

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    November 3, 2009 at 19:10

  22. Beautiful thoughts, I can even feel their meaning as I am growing older.
    Both your photos are beautiful but that perfect reflection in the second one is breathtaking.
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful post.

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    November 3, 2009 at 19:49

  23. Beautiful pictures and thought provoking commentary. There is strength in something that has lasted the way those boats have, and stories to tell.

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    November 3, 2009 at 19:51

  24. Very nice!

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    November 3, 2009 at 20:24

  25. I would have never thought of the connection. Wonderful post!

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    November 3, 2009 at 20:44

  26. Beautiful photos, but people aren’t like boats. Boats don’t have attitude – if you have a bad attitude, people will avoid you. A person who really listens to others will never lack for company.

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    November 3, 2009 at 21:53

  27. There is an inviting and reflective depth in your boats.

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    November 4, 2009 at 06:11

  28. there is beauty in abandonment, desolation or anything neglected. we just have to see beyond the negative to appreciate it. and your photos definitely see beyond that. great job.

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    November 4, 2009 at 06:17

  29. those boats look sad and neglected but i like how your capture.

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    November 4, 2009 at 06:20

  30. sadly this is how the world treats the elderly

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    November 4, 2009 at 06:32

  31. What a beautiful walk !

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    November 4, 2009 at 08:14

  32. Oh, LadyFi, what stunning photos!

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    November 4, 2009 at 08:16

  33. We tend to neglect things or people because we are too engrossed with our own little world. Great musing. Lovely shots.

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    November 4, 2009 at 08:37

  34. People are like boats – if you want to get on with them, you have to take a punt.

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    November 4, 2009 at 09:55

  35. Lee

    I could have sworn I was more handsome than that…

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    November 4, 2009 at 10:26

  36. That was a beautiful post. I like the metaphor very much. Your images illustrate the post wonderfully.

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    November 4, 2009 at 11:30

  37. Ooohhh I love that second photo…the reflections are gorgeous!!

    C x

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    November 4, 2009 at 13:11

  38. Mr FF grew up on water – as it were – and treats his boats as he does me – with love and care. Having said that, his current one is an inflatable catamaran so doesn’t need much tlc.

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    November 4, 2009 at 14:17

  39. hey Lady Fi, its beautiful change on seasons where you are! and the halloween costume hilarious! love the boat analogy, too, makes me ponder that. Have a great day!

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    November 4, 2009 at 15:16

  40. I love the reflection in the last photo. A good reminder to look for beauty wherever we may find it – and we can find it almost anywhere if we try.

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    November 4, 2009 at 19:24

  41. Oh such beautiful photo’s. Often we must really search in order to get to the true beauty. I love old stuff like this. It’s done it’s work in life and now is time for just sitting back and enjoying the beauty of a well deserved rest.

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    November 4, 2009 at 23:46

  42. I want to eat fall food all year!

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    November 5, 2009 at 01:15

  43. That’s beautiful, Fi….

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    November 5, 2009 at 08:18

  44. Thank you for the thought provoking post and I do so like that second photo. Thank you for sharing.
    Smiles and blessings

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    November 5, 2009 at 08:54

  45. Lordy girl..that was deep.. scary deep.. I did like the photos. Then again perhaps I am the partially sunken , half filled with muck one:)

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    November 6, 2009 at 21:42

  46. Coming in from BPOW and I am so glad I did, that was beautiful. What a nourishing post!

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    November 7, 2009 at 15:35

  47. Nice post ! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    November 10, 2009 at 20:37

  48. I love how your mind works.

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    November 12, 2009 at 03:19

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