Community: Love is the Answer
The opening reception at Vine last week was overwhelmingly positive. I was overflowing with gratitude the next day. The hint of a sore throat from all the talking could not bring me down. I was tired, but in a way that felt as though I accomplished something. Not defeated. A resounding yes and thank you was coursing through my veins.
As I moved into week 50 I felt the need to carry on the Vine theme. I wanted to bring forth the sense of community I experienced last week along with the community that Teresa and Dean have worked hard to create at their establishment. Plus I had many images left over from my shoot two weeks ago, so why not keep it going. A selection of images are below. For me Vine brings comfort, inclusivity, creation, vision, growth, gardens, family, friends, laughter, song, food, drink, acceptance. You may or may not explicitly find these elements in this week's edits, but the feeling is behind each one.
Community. it's what keeps us together. It's what builds a better society. It's what strengthens people in dark times. It's so easy to feel disconnected these days despite the constant connection. Is anyone really listening? As much as I enjoy and employ the use of technology, screens cannot satisfy that innate desire to feel connected. To feel part of the community. To be present with others in a way that says we accept you. You belong. If we can get that back, then we will be taking the first of many steps in the right direction towards fixing the problems in our society. It won't be easy. It may not even be in our own lifetime. But it's a start.
Synchronicity was on my side this week as I came across a podcast from Human Current interviewing Margaret Wheatley about her new book "Who Do We Choose To Be? Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity." Her message was inspiring and really spoke to me in a lot of ways that other material has lacked. It spoke to an idea that has been marinating within me for the past couple of months now. It spoke to the actions I see in Teresa and Vine Sourdough Bakery. It spoke to the seeds of hope that we need to cultivate on the local level, or the "Islands of Sanity" as Margaret puts it.
I realize I've gone on a tangent about community, but I feel compelled to share this with all of you because I had such a profound community experience last week. I started week 50 filled to the brim with gratitude knowing I would write about community, and I was presented with reaffirming information and experiences throughout the week that cemented the ideas floating in my mind. As the sign on the outside window of Vine says "Love is the answer," and I really felt that here.
What are your thoughts on community? Perhaps you had a chance to listen to the podcast? I'd love to hear your opinion. Swinging back to photography, what did you like about the edits this week? Did the imagery evoke feelings or ideas within yourself? Please leave your feedback in the comments below. Thank you all for following along with me on this epic journey. Two weeks to go...