The traditions represented in my view caught my attention. As I considered the scene, I decided to capture the two towers, matching crosses, and contrasting sky for my memories. As I revisit the picture, I am struck by the juxtaposition of old and new, tradition and freedom brought out by the small bird in flight. One might think she is returning to the old from the new. In my mind, I see someone moving through the old ways of seeing into the new that is beyond our line of sight.
When thirst remains, it is useful to try something else to drink. I am paraphrasing a now-retired banking executive. He observed that if you combined the market share of the best providers in the world, even the total was not commanding. Perhaps, he suggested, we should take a fresh approach.
I see the bird in this picture flying beyond the traditional into something more. This image is the result of a reawakened thirst to bring people, community, and humanity back into the centre of our lives. What if every product, service, and effort had the community and its members right at the heart of things?
It is hard to describe just how much changes with this. I imagine that prices would be easier on my wallet because profit was not the primary driver. I could look forward to service interactions because my best interests would be front and centre. There would be a natural assumption of positive intent because humanity was as the centre of everything.
Before I gave up on the idea because it was crazy, I heard Life whispering as Divinity reminded me of my calling. Care and kindness can define every action. Love can frame our choices. Compassion can be a motivation. Each step can be intentionally towards a better future. Even in failure, we learn, grow, and rise again. I want to make a difference, to fly past the past and into the future. I know, “The longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.” (Romans 8.25)