V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #14: Foundation

“What about my marriage?”  a naive, much younger me once asked a psychic.

“The foundation is firm,” the woman responded hesitantly, “but not without cracks.”

Cracks?  It was more like gaping holes.  Easy to see now, in retrospect, but at the time, I was convinced we were rock solid.  The suggestion of anything less insulted me.

What I didn’t understand then, was that any construction is only as good as its foundation and my own personal footings were weak to crumbling.  That husband and I had met and after only three dates, decided to build a life together – so much for laying a foundation.

Discontent, blaming, complaining, self-pity
cannot serve as a foundation for a good future,
no matter how much effort you make.

Eckhart Tolle

This week, I challenge you to think about foundations – metaphorically or literally.  What are the components of a strong foundation?  Do you have a story about a foundation that proved less than reliable?  Or, maybe you just want to photograph foundations and see where it leads you.

Here’s another quotation, from St. Augustine, to inspire you:

Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being.
Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty
fabric? Think first about the foundations of 
humility.  The higher your structure is to be,
the deeper must be its foundation.

Look forward to your response!

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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

28 thoughts on “V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #14: Foundation

  1. It’s interesting that all your themes really make me think deeply. Amazing how one word can trigger so many thoughts. See you soon, V.J.
    Hope you’re have a lovely end of the summer. I’m waiting in eagerness for all the autumn colors to pop up in all their glory. My favorite season. 🙂

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