To Be There or Not to Be There Written by Mike Ross Perfect Petal Roses “What is perfect? From the Zen mind, perfection is not being there.” Frederick Lenz 40.040089 -76.262167 Lancaster, PA, USA 24 thoughts on “To Be There or Not to Be There” To “not be there” (to be without a “where”) sounds blissful … but wouldn’t that preclude learning? Perhaps learning is over-valued by those having achieved “perfection”? Intriguing ponder, coupled with unfolding rose petals (unfolding knowing through experience of “being”) … Thanks for stirring my thoughts! LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Thanks Jazz, I’ll let Jac O’Keeffe explain it along with a beautiful photo by Susan Licht: drop the “I” LikeLike Reply Oh, thank you! A site to revisit, for sure. I’m caught in the intrigue of being part of something infinitely larger than I can grasp. And that is indeed OK … “capacity to enjoy whatever is unfolding” is the goal. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply That capacity don’t come easy, you know it don’t come easy. 😮 LikeLiked by 1 person Reply I swear I can almost smell this. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply I hate to admit it but I didn’t even smell the flowers. Maybe I wasn’t there? LikeLiked by 2 people Reply Great capture! LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Thanks Robert. The flowers will be up very soon and while it will be more challenging outside its a whole different experience. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply What a beautiful shot Mike! And a sentiment for me to ponder on today. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Thanks, ponder away. 🙂 LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Oh how very pretty!!! 😀 LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Thanks Cee, I figured why wait for spring when I could grab a bunch of roses for less than $4. LikeLike Reply Hamlet meet Zen. All I know is I’m here, and usually when I’m not, I’m dissociated. Same thing? LikeLiked by 1 person Reply No. The “I” is imaginary, see my reply to Jazz with a link to explain it better. 🤯 LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Ah, it all makes perfect sense now. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply If not perfect, it’s gorgeous. And you captured it beautifully in soft and moody light. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Thanks Otto. It took a few shots because the light was from across my room with the blinds closed. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Be there.. You can’t miss it.. 😉 LikeLiked by 1 person Reply So are you basically saying, be there or be square? LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Hahaha I just believe you don’t miss opportunities.. If you can be there just be there.. It’s all in the learning process .. 😉 LikeLiked by 1 person Reply I agree, its so easy to get distracted by thoughts about something rather than simply be with it. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Pingback: LPM Photo Adventure "Still Life" Participants – Little Pieces Of Me Yep. Another one to share. Maybe if I think it really hard, my friends will realise that I am not here. LikeLiked by 1 person Reply You’re here and you’re not here, be there for your friends. 💝 LikeLiked by 1 person Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.