The Road Ahead

The road of life offers many opportunities and challenges,


and sometimes it’s hard to distinguish between the two.

Sometimes the direction seems foggy or unclear,


with obstacles blocking the way.


Soon enough though, the way will be made clear, and we’ll see the future as it should be.


The world around us will be peaceful once again,


while the spirit, made stronger because of the struggle, soars.


This small collection of photos was taken at various points this past week, a week that was filled with far too many twists in the road, and not near enough opportunities to use my camera.

I’m quite sure that many of you experienced the same. Β Let’s all just breath … it’s going to be okay.

43 thoughts on “The Road Ahead

  1. Lovely, Laurie! Are those your flower boxes at your own house? Beautiful thoughts, sentiments and seeing the beauty in the twists of life. Love it!

    • Aren’t those flower boxes lovely? They really caught my eye and unfortunately, are not mine.
      I like the way you said “seeing the beauty in the twists of life”. Thank you, Carrie.

  2. Your photos truly match your words. It’s heartening to hear the strength and optimism in your voice after having a hard week. You are amazing and I admire you so much. My fave photo: the very last one with the grass.

    • Thank you, Crystal. The last one is my favorite too, and really seemed to sum up the photo essay.
      Your comment lifted me up!!

  3. That’s an interesting thought that life is full of opportunities and challenges and often we can’t tell the difference … I guess because both of them are usually disguised as hard work.

    As usual, I love your pictures. especially the window boxes. Simple pleasures πŸ™‚

    • You are right, Joanne, that it is about the hard work. And while I’ve not been in the “everything happens for a reason” group, I do believe that we never know what strengths we gain and what positives come from challenges and tests.
      I too, love the window boxes.
      Thank you!

  4. Quite right dear Laurie – it is challenging doing what you are doing – and the ending is hidden. Enjoy the ride! I love how you thought about your week and put these stunning images to work. You could write an inspirational book πŸ™‚

    • Pauline, if I can’t have you here by my side, then I’m so glad you are with me in spirit, thought, and written word. Thank you for your thoughts, here, and in email.

  5. Challenges and opportunities. That’s life, right? A wonderfully composed photo journal. Thanks, LB.

  6. A fine collection of photographs
    that you have shared with us on
    your adventure πŸ™‚

    Have a fantastic Monday LB πŸ™‚

    Andro xx

  7. This a lovely photo essay–but I’m sorry to hear that you’ve had a twisty, turny week. You’ve taken on a lot lately and I guess you’re bound to hit rough spots–breathing deep will help, and finding time to take peaceful photos and think restful thoughts!

    • Thank you, Edith. I thought it interesting that the photos somehow came together to provide inspiration for what I was feeling.

  8. Beautiful positive post and images Laurie πŸ™‚ Life is full of ups and downs but if we learn to fully embrace the ups the downs won’t seem so bad.

  9. Laurie, Beautiful! You are fabulous with the camera. I’m not sure whether you meant to, but you captured what the garden house has done for me this year; in the face of this injury, it has made my spirit soar…hands in the soil and face to the sun bring me peace and joy!
    You are on an entirely different kind of journey, equallyas, perhaps even more challenging, as you figure out this part of life. I have great faith that you are more than up to those challenges! And you have a support group that doesn’t quit. Loved meeting Andrew
    Many hugs, Karolyn

    • Karolyn, I cannot tell you how happy it makes me to know that I captured something so meaningful to you. You’ve been such an inspiration with the way you have worked and moved forward and worked to heal.
      I am incredibly grateful for your friendship and support during this candidate journey.

  10. Some truly beautiful points along your way Laurie, twists and turns can take us to surprising places. All best to you for your week ahead, hang in there, you’re a good driver!

    • Thank you, Patti, for your good wishes. We all have challenges along the way, don’t we? Hopefully, we can grow from them and turn challenge into success!

  11. Laurie, knowing a little about your week, I have to say you’ve captured the challenges beautifully in both words and pictures. Each one of these pictures elicits powerful feelings for me. Thanks for they lyrical journey. Looking forward to seeing you enjoying life on the other side. xoxox

  12. Laurie, wonderful words of wisdom, made even more powerful by your beautiful photography! Keep on keepin’ on, my friend. That’s all any of us can do. But the journey is made easier by knowing we’re not alone on that twisting road ❀️

  13. Oh, I really love your presentation this day Laurie. Your photo’s and words weave the story so nicely. I imagine you hopping out of the truck or jumping off the bike to capture the moments. I’ve realized too, how far behind I am visiting here, gah. Please know I think of you everyday, even when I seem absent. I’ve been savouring all the moments. One of my favourites was the meeting circle with your friends when you knew I was thinking about something kind you did for me. Your big heart and open arms brings so much to your life and I’m so lucky to be included. I really miss you xo K

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