Monday, January 19, 2015


by Carol

"Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, 'It will be happier!'"
                                                                            Alfred Lord Tennyson

There's been a lot of talk this week about words. My word for 2015 came to me in the middle of the night, as I lay in contemplation.


It's perfect. It has so many connotations that its making my head swim. Even the basic definitions are exciting - Listen:

- A stone to be crossed as you enter the new.
- The point at which a psychological or physical effect begins.
- The place or point of beginning.
- The point above which something which is true and can take place, and below which it is not true or cannot take place.

That last one is my favorite. Because I am on the path to finding my truth, and it feels closer all the time. It feels as if I am standing on that threshold. I have always loved art, and photography, and writing. I have always loved learning, and exploring new things. I have always loved coming together with the people I care about. I love meeting new people and hearing their truths.

And now I find myself photographing daily and writing about it here, and in my journals. I am engaged with art - on the threshold of discovering skills I never thought I had. I am working on series of photographs to express myself, and I am studying our senses, and how they enrich our lives. 

And I am traveling, meeting people on-line and in person, whom I never would have found before I chose this path. I am stretching - reaching through to cross the thresholds that held me back before. 

"He had the vague sense of standing on a threshold, the crossing of which would change everything."
                                                         Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden

- I feel that I am crossing that stone.
- The psychological effects are emerging.
- I am at a point of beginning.
- I am running towards something true.

I think I am standing at a threshold!

"Once you cross that threshold you will never be the same. That is a fact."
                                                        Kamal Rivikent, Live Your Truth


kelly said...

carol this post just makes me smile with big happy tears. because isn't that, as artists, what we all hope for? and now you're there and sharing it with us. that is beautiful. xoxoxo

terriporter said...

Wonderful word, Carol, and your threshold photos are perfect. "On the threshold of the year to come." I LOVE that! Hoping you step over that threshold and into a year full of possibilities and happiness.

Anonymous said...

Threshold is a wonderful word, and your photos are perfect. I'm captivated by the first one -- surely that's the gate into a Secret Garden! It's exciting to imagine what's inside waiting for you...for all of us.

gina said...

Beautiful post about your special word! Such evocative images, especially the last one with the door open. How exciting to be on a threshold, about to enter some new and wonderful.

Dotti said...

A wonderful post, wonderful word for you. It promises adventure and discovery. And the photos ... well, they are not only perfect for the post but so beautiful.

Kim Stevens said...

What a great word Carol - my word this year is reach. So many things I'm feeling led to do, reaching for the courage to do them. I love that you started your images with a closed door and ended with one that is open, the cusp of the threshold. Not sure if you meant to do that, but I love it!! xo

Carol said...

Wow - now I know how songwriters feel, Kim - I had no idea that I started closed and then opened. Swoop - that's the sound of that going right over my head! Let's look at it this way - It must have been intuitive! Thanks for the kind words all!

Linda said...

Oh this is just so inspiring Carol! What a profound way your word is affecting you! Thanks for sharing this!

Carol said...

Thank you, Linda:}

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