by Stormfish July. 20, 2013 4588 views

i've always admired people who keep a calm and firm grip on reality. they seem to be gifted, in all of the hysterical, violent explosions of fear and fanatic frustrations, with reason. while everyone shouts and frantically rushes in panic, these men and women retreat into a meditative recluse, do rather less than more and thus are often the katalysator for real progress and healing in the destructive chaos everyone else produces.

i'm not saying chaos and production and going forward rapidly and fighting for it and passion and hectic is all bad and needs to be avoided under any circumstances. as with everything, these behaviors and perks are very useful in the right moment and chaos, as it is, can't be avoided anyway.

but i'm saying that we need to find this balance with not only rest, not only sleep, not just mind blurriness to recover from the on-storm of life; we need this calm, slow, concentrated doing nothing as a consciously embraced and encouraged part of our daily survival. and many people seem to crave for it without giving themselves even a moment of reflection, which would be the first step to obtain it.

this man, whom i had the pleasure to meet in malaysia in may, just before the malaysian elections, fascinated me with his beautiful aura of calmness, not serenity. he owns a small business in a buzzling town; and while we were talking in his shop, a crusade of motorbikes with flag swinging, malaysian nationalists passed by on the street loudly several times. interrupted in our talk, he frowned and even though it was in the middle of the busiest day, excused himself with saying that he would close his shop now.

i didn't ask him what he feared would happen but it was clear that all he wished was simply to stay out of trouble with the crowd of people who made their presence as a street force very clear. an aggressive stance was in the air and i could understand his caution. in the end, nothing happened and the election went by rather peacefully, but the picture i took of him clearly shows his reasoning thoughts behind his forehead; the active calming of his mind and action resulting from his substantial fear.

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Jenny 6 years, 3 months ago

Wow! Your whole post is realy impressiv. Great!

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Andrealolita 6 years, 3 months ago

Very nice!!!

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Howard. 6 years, 3 months ago

You have a great way of expressing your thoughts. The photograph goes well with your sentiments.

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Jarvo J 6 years, 3 months ago

Super portrait. I can feel the menace in the air.

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Kenny H 6 years, 3 months ago

Nice shot.

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Jacki 6 years, 3 months ago

Beautiful shot...

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Josy 6 years, 3 months ago

Yes calm and reason. Very powerful and effective portrait to demonstrate what you say !

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Larry Sample 6 years, 3 months ago

I too love this portrait! I have yet to capture such intensity. "...calmness, not serenity...". Brilliant!

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Abe Jackson 6 years, 3 months ago

You have created a very fascinating portrait here...bravo!!

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Marilyn Grimble 6 years, 3 months ago

Look wise and say no - thing!

Speech is only useful to conceal our thoughts.

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Antonio Gil 6 years, 3 months ago

Food for thought my friend. Thanks.

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