Long before we texted and used shortcuts like AFAIK, B4N, IMHO, and LOL.... long before marketing began abbreviating store names to BK, DQ, JCP, KFC and McD... and long before we understood the differences between WWI (World War 1), WWII (World War 2), www (world-wide web), ww2 and ww3 (alternate web servers to balance load)... there was another WWW... one that we didn't want to acknowledge or market: that is, the Webs We Weave!
Oftentimes, we don't understand or pay attention to the impact that we have on others. As we "pass along information" (gossip) or "stretch the truth" (fibs or outright lies) to "protect others," we are weaving an alternate reality that is harder to remember and track.
|Where is your focus?|
(Photo: full moon above trees - Larry Gardepie, 2023)
I was thinking of this as I was watching a full moon rise above our trees in the backyard. My attention was drawn first to the brilliance of the moon and its light. I wondered about the "sheen" that surrounded the moon: it was a warm and dry evening so little moisture was in the air. Then I noticed two industrious spiders and their elaborate web!
As the moon rose, the spiders continued their work -- capturing the moon's brilliance in their gossamer threads.
|How do you rise above?|
(Photo: Web Brilliance - moon, spiders, and their web
- Larry Gardepie, 2023)
I wondered about our lives, our experiences, and the stories we create and retell.
- Celebrate another person's achievements and their brilliance?
- Capture and redirect what is said to serve our own purpose?
- Redefine or shorten historical definitions to remarket our beliefs?
|What do you try to capture?|
(Photo: The Webs We Weave -
moon, spiders, and web - Larry Gardepie, 2023)
When I moved around the backyard, the spiders and their web were left behind: in order to see the full moon as it rose above the trees and fence line, I needed to reposition myself; the spiders and their web were no longer part of the view.
- Notice the webs that we and others weave;
- Reflect on and accept the impact these webs have on others; and,
- Move beyond and around so that we refocus on the true brilliance of our lives in relation with others.
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