WordPress photo challenge…fleeting moment…and the London Balloon

June 29, 2012

So many fleeting moments…so little camera-at-the-ready moments! Searching thru my files for this week’s WordPress photo challenge I found this pic.

I remember standing in London, somewhere around Queen’s Gate, looking at this pink balloon. It must have been swept from a child’s hands and pushed by the wind along the road. I remember first catching a glimpse of it between the moving cars. I was fascinated that the balloon bounced out from between the cars and rolled/flew along the rough pavement.

It’s amazing how a little pink balloon can capture the imagination and give hope to spirit in a moment. For me, I suppose, the feeling is grounded in my meditation. One of the first meditations I’ve taught my children is to wrap all their problems with a pink balloon and release it to the universe while silently asking the universe to help.

I stood there staring at it for three more car passes, and then…it did what most balloons caught in traffic do.

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20 Comments

  • Reply Sabra June 29, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Your releasing idea is a great one, for children or adults.

    • Reply Veronica June 29, 2012 at 9:41 am

      Oh, Sabra, it’s saved my sanity a few times! 🙂 (and my children’s; esp. just before finals)

  • Reply julochka June 29, 2012 at 10:05 am

    i’d like to think that was all the time it needed.

    • Reply Veronica June 29, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      That’s a really beautiful thought Julie. I’m so going to keep that in my heart.:)

  • Reply Robert Frank Gasch June 29, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Astounding!!!

    • Reply Veronica June 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      I know! I couldn’t believe it.

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  • Reply Linda G Hatton June 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I love that idea about placing problems inside the pink balloon. I’ve told my kids something similar, but this seems more geared towards children. Thank you! I will use that.

    • Reply Veronica June 29, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      It really works Linda; a sort of peace comes from feeling like you have help…you know. I’m glad to share.

  • Reply Jo Bryant June 29, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Nice capture

    • Reply Veronica June 29, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      Thank you Jo 🙂

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  • Reply Myra from GatheringBooks June 29, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I love the commentary alongside the pink balloon photo. Food for thought indeed. 🙂

    • Reply Veronica June 29, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      Thank you Myra 🙂

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  • Reply amar June 30, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    nice entry for the theme

  • Reply Misky July 1, 2012 at 12:18 am

    Picture perfect! I haven’t been near a street recently, so I’m thinking of omitting the street bit and just going for the fleeting bit.

  • Reply frizztext July 2, 2012 at 8:23 am

    sent to twitter …

  • Reply The Retiring Sort July 4, 2012 at 8:45 am

    What a perfect fleeting moment on the street – great catch!

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